Christchurch doctor wants social care to cut bed-blocking

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Doctor Richard Jenkinson said admissions and bed-blocking could be cut if home help was offered faster, stopping older people getting stuck in hospital.

Bed-blocking – happens when support from social care or district nursing is not available in the community for vulnerable patients.

Dr Jenkinson, Christchurch chair of the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, said reducing weekly admissions by just 10 would save the NHS £25,000 a week.

Harry Capron, of Dorset County Council said the council was improving its “rapid response” social care and was “looking at recruiting additional staff” to offer faster assistance to hospital patients and in the community.

March 20, 2013 |

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