Hospital 2 Home Scheme Could Be Scrapped to Save £46,000 Per Year

Courtesy Mansfield Chad

A scheme in North Notts that supports patients who have been discharged from hospital could be scrapped to save a council £46,000 per year.

The hospital 2 home support service is funded by Nottinghamshire County
Council and the NHS. It is run by paid staff and supported with volunteers who visit patients in their homes to provide a range of help.

The scheme operates for patients and their carers in the Mansfield and Ashfield area who are leaving hospital and have little or no support at home.

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The “Hospital 2 Home” support scheme, which covers King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield Community and Ashfield Health Village, involves volunteers ensuring people are safe in their homes once they leave hospital.

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But, according to Nottinghamshire County Council, usage of the scheme has been declining since 2014, and the current low numbers of people mean the scheme has hourly costs of £119.

Last year, the authority said 89 people were supported by the scheme at a cost of £521 per person.

Misterton councillor Liz Yates – whose mother received help from a similar initiative in Sheffield – called for assurances that type of support would still be available.

The council said there are “more appropriate” services, such as their recently launched Connect service – which aims to tackle reduced independence, deteriorating health and social isolation.

A council spokesman added Age UK provides a discharge support service at King’s Mill.

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Councillors agreed to scrap the scheme at an adult social care and health committee meeting at County Hall on Monday October 10th.