A £2 million residential scheme designed to ease the growing bed-blocking crisis in hospitals across Huntingdon has officially been opened in Papworth Everard.
The innovative inpatient rehabilitation has been delivered by Papworth Trust, the leading charity for disabled and older people.
The 28 purpose-built self-contained flats will bridge the gap between a hospital stay and discharge by replicating a resident’s home, providing each patient with more than four hours of social care and one-and-a-half hours of occupational therapy every single day.
The accommodation, which will be known as MacFarlane Grieve House, will help residents regain practical skills, confidence and independence while also providing short-term care 24-hours a day.
And the charity believes the scheme will play a crucial role in easing some of the pressure on beds at nearby hospitals.
Papworth Trust chief executive Vicky McDermott, said: “MacFarlane Grieve House is a radical new approach to rehabilitation that will save the NHS money, reduce the likelihood of a patient representing at hospital and provides a model which can be rolled out nationally.
“One of the biggest challenges in our current healthcare system is people returning to A&E after they have been discharged from hospital without appropriate rehabilitation. This is expensive for the NHS and detrimental to the health of every individual who is left vulnerable after acute care.
“We believe that our model for rehabilitation will allow hospitals to discharge patients into our care, happy in the knowledge that they will receive first-class social care and occupational therapy that will enable them to return home and go about day-to-day tasks with improved mobility.
“This will also mean that hospitals can discharge patients quicker, which will free up more beds. A recent review by the CCG highlighted the disparate nature of beds and how the current system is ineffective in meeting the current and future rehabilitation needs of patients.”
Papworth Trust will offer a bespoke service to residents to ensure they get the maximum benefit from care and therapy services during their stay, which will be an average of four weeks.
Ms McDermott added: “We will be working with people who are leaving hospital having recently suffered life-changing injuries or illness and helping them reintegrate with living independently.”
The brand new rehabilitation service is run on behalf of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, Cambridgeshire County Council and Uniting Care and is sited next to the charity’s head office in Papworth Everard. Nursing services will be provided by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
Papworth Trust hopes that the rehabilitation model they have devised, will be rolled out across the country by the NHS and charities working more closely together.