Six Anchor care homes in Surrey have launched a pilot scheme in collaboration with East Surrey Hospital to help improve the discharge of older patients at weekends.
Working with the Discharge Team at East Surrey Hospital, Anchor’s Community Partnership team identified new ways to help support the transfer of patients from hospital to close care or a care home environment and tackling avoidable delays at weekends.
The Anchor pilot will see a new rota of care home managers being on call to support emergency weekend move-ins, guiding families through the steps when their loved one is unable to return home after a spell in hospital, and helping to release a hospital bed.
Anchor has six care homes close to East Surrey Hospital: Elizabeth Court in Caterham, Chalkmead in Merstham, Oakleigh in Godstone, Orchard Court in Lingfield, Barnfield in Horley, and Greenacres and Ridgemount both in Banstead,
Jackie Cridlin, Anchor’s Community Partnership Manager said: “Anchor’s homes in the local area are ideally placed to help support the discharge of older patients with care needs from East Surrey Hospital to a supportive environment.
“Our teams understand the importance of re-enabling individuals to achieve their independence and the broad range of services we can provide, from short stay convalescence to long term palliative care, ensures we can help the hospital avoid delays in discharges.”
The pilot will run for three months from November.

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