As we all know, NHS services can come under additional pressure during the winter months. The CCG has invested more than £800,000 in schemes to ensure resilience is maintained across the patch this year. This includes funding for weekend GP opening, additional community bed capacity, and more activity in relation to reablement services.
We are also supporting Home from Hospital, a seamless transport and support service, launched by Calderdale and Kirklees Age UK. The service has been set up especially for elderly and vulnerable patients in North Kirklees who don’t have support at home. It begins with a safe, supported, wheelchair-accessible journey home from hospital after patients have been discharged. With the support of Age UK staff, the volunteers can talk through any needs and concerns people may have, aiming to rebuild confidence and help them regain independence. We know this service will make a very real difference to many elderly people in our area.
We also continue to urge people to use services appropriately during the winter months through our ‘feeling under the weather?’ campaign – look out for adverts in the local papers and on buses, Twitter and leaflets at your GP practice.