Great local partnerships putting needs of NHS patients first


Last Friday I called in at the West Riding Nursing Home in Lofthouse to meet residents and learn how our local NHS is coping with winter pressures. West Rising now has had 15 new community beds funded by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. These beds are used by patients who have been in Pinderfields but who aren’t yet well enough to come home.

Staff on Friday told me that by being able to recuperate in a home-from-home setting, instead of a hospital ward, patients are given a clear message that they’re getting better and on the road to recovery. And of course, extra beds in a local nursing home also frees-up acute beds at Pinderfields Hospital for those patients who need to be in hospital.

Among those I spoke to on Friday was a lady recovering from a badly broken leg and another with a broken wrist. They told me how much nicer it is to recover out of hospital without the constraints of fixed visiting times but where there are still medical staff to keep an eye on them.

The highlight of my visit though was meeting 102, year old Ethel, who is a resident at West Riding. Over a game of dominoes with her and her friends it was fascinating to hear her tales of how the area has changed over more than a century.

You can watch my video following my visit here.

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Posted February 7th, 2014 by Ed