Poole pilots scheme for respiratory care at home

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A three-month trial of providing medication and nursing support at home for people with chronic chest conditions such as bronchitis and emphysema is being operated by the Poole Hospital in Dorset. Many people with respiratory conditions have to spend between five and 10 days in hospital when they have a flare-up of their condition, and it is hoped the care at home scheme will significantly reduce the average length of stay. With their care continuing at home it is also hoped that future admissions will be less frequent. People being cared for at homes as part of the trial are first assessed while in hospital by one of the newly-formed Poole Outreach Respiratory Team (PORT). If the patient¹s doctor agrees that the home care service is appropriate, arrangements are made for the care to be delivered at home and patient is discharged when his condition has stabilised. PORT project officer Annemarie McMahon said the frequent admission of people with respiratory conditions was often very disruptive and disorientat

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