Rapid Response and Resettlement Service

Examples of Practice

This service was developed in response to the fact that older people can often be unnecessarily admitted to hospital, due to there being a lack of readily available transport to take them home, and the risk that the 4hr A&E target may be breached for them.  It was recognised that patients may also be more likely to be admitted especially if they have arrived at A&E later in the day, and there is a lack of family/care support to ensure a safe return home.

In addition to this, a service that would support individuals into their own home, ensuring their safety and comfort, was seen to be beneficial both in terms of direct support to the patient, and potentially picking up on issues which might prevent further deterioration or a  potential readmission to hospital.

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