More East Devon patients leaving hospital on time

Bed blocking is on the decline at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with more East Devon patients getting the care packages they need at home.

News that the hospital has achieved a reduction in delayed transfers of care was revealed in a report submitted to Honiton Town Council.

Town and district councillor Phil Twiss represents Devon County Council on the hospital trust’s board of governors.

He told town councillors: “Delayed transfers of care from an acute setting to home with suitable care packages are better than previously…”

The news will offer some reassurance to East Devon patients currently receiving or waiting to receive hospital treatment.

However, Cllr Twiss said staffing levels remain a concern. The problem is persisting in spite of more people being recruited and staying in post, he revealed.

“I remain of the clear view that there is still a place for a small number of intermediate hospital beds for those fit enough to leave an acute setting but requiring a little bit more care before going home, preventing going back in to the ‘system’,” he added.

Cllr Twiss recently visited the headquarters of the South Western Ambulance Service where he met CEO Ken Wenman.

During the visit, he was able to see first-hand how the staff in the service’s emergency call centre are having to deal with “unnecessary calls”.

Cllr Twiss said this was taking up a lot of time and even delaying response times to urgent calls.

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