Home treatment plan aims to ease pressure on Colchester General Hospital

Gazette: Home treatment plan aims to ease pressure on Colchester General Hospital Home treatment plan aims to ease pressure on Colchester General Hospital

Plans to treat and assess elderly people in their own homes will ease pressure on Colchester General Hospital, health bosses believe.

The North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will launch a new team of rapid assessment nurses, who will aim to treat patients in their homes rather than in hospital.

The scheme will be carried out in the Tendring area, with the aim of ensuring residents receive treatment as close to home as possible.

Dr Shane Gordon, clinical chief officer of the CCG, said: “If you are frail and elderly and stuck in hospital for three weeks, you lose lots of your confidence, skills and the ability to look after yourself."

A community-based rapid assessment service for Tendring residents will launch in August.

As well as nurses assessing patients in their own homes, a new rapid assessment unit will be set up at Clacton Hospital.

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5:37pm Wed 14 May 14

bell103 says...

Provided it does not get over run and patients are properly assessed whether they need an ambulance or not, this could be a really good idea. Relieve the pressure on hospital beds and keep people comfortable and happy in their own homes. Good move forward.
Provided it does not get over run and patients are properly assessed whether they need an ambulance or not, this could be a really good idea. Relieve the pressure on hospital beds and keep people comfortable and happy in their own homes. Good move forward. bell103
  • Score: 1

6:26pm Wed 14 May 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Nurses working more hours having to travel to different addresses, incurring more costs, adding to stress and no doubt resulting in more ambulances being called. Waste of money. Care will not improve.
Nurses working more hours having to travel to different addresses, incurring more costs, adding to stress and no doubt resulting in more ambulances being called. Waste of money. Care will not improve. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 3

8:09pm Wed 14 May 14

mbr1955 says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Nurses working more hours having to travel to different addresses, incurring more costs, adding to stress and no doubt resulting in more ambulances being called. Waste of money. Care will not improve.
Totally agree. We have a Hospital at Clacton and a brand new one in Harwich, not working to their full potential. I have been saying for years Colchester Hospital should be for the local people and use Clacton and Harwich for local people. Its not rocket science.!!!!!!!!!!!!
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[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: Nurses working more hours having to travel to different addresses, incurring more costs, adding to stress and no doubt resulting in more ambulances being called. Waste of money. Care will not improve.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. We have a Hospital at Clacton and a brand new one in Harwich, not working to their full potential. I have been saying for years Colchester Hospital should be for the local people and use Clacton and Harwich for local people. Its not rocket science.!!!!!!!!!!!! !! mbr1955
  • Score: 3

8:51pm Wed 14 May 14

Misty4 says...

Colchester General Hospital is under pressure because of the never-ending housing development in Colchester. It must be creaking at the seams.
Colchester General Hospital is under pressure because of the never-ending housing development in Colchester. It must be creaking at the seams. Misty4
  • Score: 8

10:23pm Wed 14 May 14

Wicky1 says...

If the existing District and Community nurses our overstretched and under-resourced then I wonder about the rationale for creating a whole 'new' overlapping team.
If the existing District and Community nurses our overstretched and under-resourced then I wonder about the rationale for creating a whole 'new' overlapping team. Wicky1
  • Score: 2

7:55am Thu 15 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

I thought the Trust eased their pressures by telling lies, burying their heads in the sand, allowing thousands to die over regulated assessed periods of time needlessly and of course completely ignoring the NHS patient constitution, to fuel all this behaviour. We still have not seen any of them being taken to court and locked up. They quite rudely display posters of Handcuffs or Stethoscopes quoting "Its your choice" Yet quite alarming they have done more damage to us the general public in the last 4 years than has ever been done to any of their staff.
Shambolic ! Shameful ! Service ! AVPG:
I thought the Trust eased their pressures by telling lies, burying their heads in the sand, allowing thousands to die over regulated assessed periods of time needlessly and of course completely ignoring the NHS patient constitution, to fuel all this behaviour. We still have not seen any of them being taken to court and locked up. They quite rudely display posters of Handcuffs or Stethoscopes quoting "Its your choice" Yet quite alarming they have done more damage to us the general public in the last 4 years than has ever been done to any of their staff. Shambolic ! Shameful ! Service ! AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -2

1:00pm Thu 15 May 14

bell103 says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Nurses working more hours having to travel to different addresses, incurring more costs, adding to stress and no doubt resulting in more ambulances being called. Waste of money. Care will not improve.
There are on-call nurses that work specifically in that way - driving to and from different places and caring for people anyway. More hours? Not really, they all work specific shifts. If they choose to work more hours they get paid to do so. That's how my mother works anyway.

I doubt the extra costs will be dramatic, you're just moving demand from the hospital beds and therefore the nurses in hospitals. By having nurses on the road instead, the costs will be similar, if not, the same.

Not sure how stress and more ambulances being called are linking factors. Stress on the nurses? Not if you have more on the road and make sure the patient has been assessed properly in whether they require an ambulance or not in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: Nurses working more hours having to travel to different addresses, incurring more costs, adding to stress and no doubt resulting in more ambulances being called. Waste of money. Care will not improve.[/p][/quote]There are on-call nurses that work specifically in that way - driving to and from different places and caring for people anyway. More hours? Not really, they all work specific shifts. If they choose to work more hours they get paid to do so. That's how my mother works anyway. I doubt the extra costs will be dramatic, you're just moving demand from the hospital beds and therefore the nurses in hospitals. By having nurses on the road instead, the costs will be similar, if not, the same. Not sure how stress and more ambulances being called are linking factors. Stress on the nurses? Not if you have more on the road and make sure the patient has been assessed properly in whether they require an ambulance or not in the first place. bell103
  • Score: 0

1:01pm Thu 15 May 14

bell103 says...

MOAN MOAN MOAN
That is all the people of Colchester do.
Yes, there are problems with the number of people and the hospital being massively over subscribed.

So stop condemning every attempt that is made to improve the situation, with this one being one that could be very effective.

Despite being a resident my entire life in Colchester, I absolutely despise the majority of moaning fools that condemn absolutely everything.
MOAN MOAN MOAN That is all the people of Colchester do. Yes, there are problems with the number of people and the hospital being massively over subscribed. So stop condemning every attempt that is made to improve the situation, with this one being one that could be very effective. Despite being a resident my entire life in Colchester, I absolutely despise the majority of moaning fools that condemn absolutely everything. bell103
  • Score: 1

1:11pm Thu 15 May 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

bell103 wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Nurses working more hours having to travel to different addresses, incurring more costs, adding to stress and no doubt resulting in more ambulances being called. Waste of money. Care will not improve.
There are on-call nurses that work specifically in that way - driving to and from different places and caring for people anyway. More hours? Not really, they all work specific shifts. If they choose to work more hours they get paid to do so. That's how my mother works anyway.

I doubt the extra costs will be dramatic, you're just moving demand from the hospital beds and therefore the nurses in hospitals. By having nurses on the road instead, the costs will be similar, if not, the same.

Not sure how stress and more ambulances being called are linking factors. Stress on the nurses? Not if you have more on the road and make sure the patient has been assessed properly in whether they require an ambulance or not in the first place.
Nurses in one place with all patients vs nurses dotted all over and patients the same.

The answer is more hospital beds/wards, in hospitals. Not palming people off.
[quote][p][bold]bell103[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: Nurses working more hours having to travel to different addresses, incurring more costs, adding to stress and no doubt resulting in more ambulances being called. Waste of money. Care will not improve.[/p][/quote]There are on-call nurses that work specifically in that way - driving to and from different places and caring for people anyway. More hours? Not really, they all work specific shifts. If they choose to work more hours they get paid to do so. That's how my mother works anyway. I doubt the extra costs will be dramatic, you're just moving demand from the hospital beds and therefore the nurses in hospitals. By having nurses on the road instead, the costs will be similar, if not, the same. Not sure how stress and more ambulances being called are linking factors. Stress on the nurses? Not if you have more on the road and make sure the patient has been assessed properly in whether they require an ambulance or not in the first place.[/p][/quote]Nurses in one place with all patients vs nurses dotted all over and patients the same. The answer is more hospital beds/wards, in hospitals. Not palming people off. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 2

3:25pm Thu 15 May 14

Linstock says...

bell103 wrote:
MOAN MOAN MOAN That is all the people of Colchester do. Yes, there are problems with the number of people and the hospital being massively over subscribed. So stop condemning every attempt that is made to improve the situation, with this one being one that could be very effective. Despite being a resident my entire life in Colchester, I absolutely despise the majority of moaning fools that condemn absolutely everything.
As a user of the illequiped underfunded existing system there is plenty to moan about, A.C.E. the private company providing among other things the district nursing for this area is a dis-organised shambles. AVPG is spot on, the latest claim by Colchester Hospital to have 8 nurses per patient is yet another misleading statement according to their response to a recent complaint on inadequate care admitting a regular lack of staff as a an issue.
Another problem is the very poor communication for the elderly caused by employing foreign nurses with extremely heavy accents as with some of the Spanish nurses recently employed.
[quote][p][bold]bell103[/bold] wrote: MOAN MOAN MOAN That is all the people of Colchester do. Yes, there are problems with the number of people and the hospital being massively over subscribed. So stop condemning every attempt that is made to improve the situation, with this one being one that could be very effective. Despite being a resident my entire life in Colchester, I absolutely despise the majority of moaning fools that condemn absolutely everything.[/p][/quote]As a user of the illequiped underfunded existing system there is plenty to moan about, A.C.E. the private company providing among other things the district nursing for this area is a dis-organised shambles. AVPG is spot on, the latest claim by Colchester Hospital to have 8 nurses per patient is yet another misleading statement according to their response to a recent complaint on inadequate care admitting a regular lack of staff as a an issue. Another problem is the very poor communication for the elderly caused by employing foreign nurses with extremely heavy accents as with some of the Spanish nurses recently employed. Linstock
  • Score: 1

5:46pm Thu 15 May 14

mbr1955 says...

bell103 wrote:
MOAN MOAN MOAN
That is all the people of Colchester do.
Yes, there are problems with the number of people and the hospital being massively over subscribed.

So stop condemning every attempt that is made to improve the situation, with this one being one that could be very effective.

Despite being a resident my entire life in Colchester, I absolutely despise the majority of moaning fools that condemn absolutely everything.
Whilst it seems that we are all maoning, my point was to keep Colchester Hospital for the Colchester people and allow the public from (of which I am one) Clacton, Frinton, Walton and Harwich to attend their local hospitals. That way it would leave you Colchester people ample Hospital facilities. As I said its not rocket science. But first our local Doctors Surgeries need sorting out and perhaps we need to return to the old days when Doctors used to do House calls for elderly and vunerable patients. So much has changed in the NHS and NOT for the better!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]bell103[/bold] wrote: MOAN MOAN MOAN That is all the people of Colchester do. Yes, there are problems with the number of people and the hospital being massively over subscribed. So stop condemning every attempt that is made to improve the situation, with this one being one that could be very effective. Despite being a resident my entire life in Colchester, I absolutely despise the majority of moaning fools that condemn absolutely everything.[/p][/quote]Whilst it seems that we are all maoning, my point was to keep Colchester Hospital for the Colchester people and allow the public from (of which I am one) Clacton, Frinton, Walton and Harwich to attend their local hospitals. That way it would leave you Colchester people ample Hospital facilities. As I said its not rocket science. But first our local Doctors Surgeries need sorting out and perhaps we need to return to the old days when Doctors used to do House calls for elderly and vunerable patients. So much has changed in the NHS and NOT for the better!!!!!!!! mbr1955
  • Score: 3

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