01 Oct 2015
Home ward Ealing, a new consultant-led health and social care service, launches today.
It will provide safe and flexible out-of-hospital care to people requiring short-term intensive support at home, either after a stay in hospital or to prevent unnecessary admission.
The service is provided by a partnership of NHS providers, led by West London Mental Health Trust. Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group and the London Borough of Ealing are jointly funding the service. Seventy five staff will be transferring into West London Mental Health Trust from Ealing community services.
Formerly known as Intermediate Care Ealing (ICE), Home ward Ealing will cater for a range of physical conditions, including falls, urinary and respiratory tract infections, conditions such as congestive heart failure, carer illness, frailty, and unstable diabetes.
For patients who need extra support, the service also provides care in Magnolia Ward at Clayponds Rehabilitation Hospital, where patients can receive care for around a week. There will also be short-term rehabilitation and social services in the community.
The clinical lead for the service, Dr Christopher Hilton, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us to work across the whole health and social care system, delivering exactly the sort of care I’d want for my own loved ones if they were unwell. The service uniquely combines the expertise of clinical staff who work across community, acute and mental health services as well as social care which will ensure patients get much more joined up care.
“For West London Mental Health Trust this is the first time we are leading the delivery of services which aren’t mental health focused, but we bring our expertise in providing safe, patient-centred care, closer to home, and rapidly responding to referrals.”
The larger catchment area of the partnership will allow patients from all hospitals that serve Ealing residents to access the service, and will offer a wider range of specialist NHS staff including geriatricians, community nurses, occupational therapists and mental health professionals. Up to 15 social workers will provide social care ensuring all aspects of a person’s healthcare and social needs are addressed.
Home ward Ealing will accept referrals for people over 18, who live in the borough of Ealing or are registered with an Ealing GP.
Anyone who thinks they might benefit from this service should speak to their GP.