Bed spaces freed up to help hospitals treat coronavirus patients

Trafford Council staff and partners have been working tirelessly together to free up hospital beds needed for people becoming seriously ill with coronavirus.

Since Monday 16 March, 106 people across Trafford have been helped by Trafford Council and partners to go home from hospital. This has meant they are in the right place to enable a swifter recovery and take pressure off hospitals.

The Adult Social Care teams, Trafford Local Care Organisation, health commissioners, Public Health, the voluntary sector and other partners regularly work together to reduce unnecessary stays in hospitals.

Now, when acute bed capacity is needed more than ever, the organisations have moved quickly to ensure more people recover from home, expanding the rapid discharge service at hospitals.

They also ensure patients are safe to return to their home and organise appropriate after care and food packages. Where a return home is not appropriate, extra capacity in care homes have been found so that people will continue to be looked after in the right setting.

Cllr Jo Harding, Trafford Council Executive Member for Adult Services, said:

Staff are doing an incredible job. They are helping to free up vital bed space and this is helping to save lives and reduce the pressure on our hospitals at a critical time.

I also want to recognise all our incredible social workers, social care staff and volunteers who are going above and beyond to get people home from hospital and keep vulnerable people safe.

Studies have also shown that being at home in familiar surroundings aids recovery so this is a double dose of good news.”

Posted on Monday 6th April 2020