Hospital stays ‘become shorter’

PLANS are being drawn up on how best to spend almost £1million to ensure residents have shorter stays in hospital.

Extra funding of £959,405 has been awarded to Northumberland as part of a £150million national scheme from the Department of Health to help people leave hospital sooner and receive the care they need at home.

Now Northumberland County Council’s Adult Services team and NHS North of Tyne Primary Care Trust are working on plans to ensure the money has the greatest possible impact.

Council Executive Member for Adult Care and Wellbeing Ian Lindley said: “The council very much welcomes this additional funding and I am particularly pleased that this extra investment will provide an excellent opportunity to build on joint working between health and social care services.

“It will assist the council to strive towards our goal of helping our elderly residents keep their independence and best possible quality of life and avoid long stays in hospital, or the need to live in residential care when they would prefer to be at home within their community.”