The fire service will ferry the "most vulnerable" patients home from a hospital in need

A fire service will ferry the most vulnerable patients & # 39; home from a troubled hospital this winter under new floors.

Hereford and Worcester's rescue and rescue service will support patients who "need help getting settled" after being released from the Alexandra Redditch hospital.

A spokesperson for the fire service said he recognizes that the NHS is under intense pressure during the winter months.

Experienced experts will then be available to carry out safety and well-being checks in patients' homes.

A spokesman for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust added that firefighter help "free beds", "improve patient care", "reduce waiting time" and "improve ambulance transfers" .

A fire service will ferry the most vulnerable patients & # 39; home from the Alexandra hospital in trouble at Redditch this winter under new floors. A spokesperson for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust added that the fire brigade will "free the beds"

The service will be offered to Alexandra Hospital, managed by Worcestershire Trust, from the beginning of next month.

"It will be aimed at the most vulnerable to ensure that they are safe in their homes," a spokesperson for the fire service at HSJ said.

"Patients who can walk and possibly some wheelchair users will all benefit from home-based transport by uniformed firefighters who are perfectly trained in identifying domestic risks and in any other agency support required."

He added "regular" vehicles that are routinely used by the firefighting community team to transport the patients' homes.

The service aims to "accelerate safe discharge" and will operate seven days a week with the intention of bringing patients home by midday, according to a trust statement.

The fire and rescue team agreed to provide the service for free for the first six months to "allow us to identify the exact requirements of this service in the future," reads a statement.

"This offer of additional support from our local fire service could help us improve our exhaust processes," a trusted spokesperson said.

"We support our efforts to ensure that patients who are medically fit for discharge go home safely, freeing beds, improving patient flow, reducing waiting times in our emergency department and improving delivery times. 39; ambulance.

Hereford and Worcester's Fire and Rescue service (the engine used by the service is illustrated) will support patients who "need help getting settled" after being discharged

"It's just a part of a much larger system plan, and some details still need to be agreed, but it reflects our commitment to explore every possible opportunity to maintain services safely and effectively during the winter."

Only patients who do not require home care will be eligible for the service.

The proposals for the agreement were included in the winter plan of the A & E delivery commission in Worcestershire.

Worcestershire Trust's winter plans also aim to expand bed capacity and better classify patients based on the severity of their condition.

ONLY AS STRETCHED IS THE NHS?

Waiting times for excessively tight A & E units are at their worst level since recordings began, according to official data from April 2018.

Experts said the NHS was prey to an "eternal winter" and many hospitals are still struggling to cope with unprecedented pressure.

Health Secretary and Social Assistance Jeremy Hunt was forced to admit that it was the "worst winter ever" in the midst of a severe flu and cold epidemic.

The leaders have canceled thousands of transactions in a controversial move to ease the pressure. And experts have suggested that this could be the only option to stop a crisis next year.

The latest monthly NHS England data also show that waiting times for routine operations, such as knee and hip replacements, have been at most since 2004.

And the violent staff assaults have increased by 10% in a year, partly due to frustration due to waiting times.

This will include more GP streams at Worcestershire Royal and a new urgent treatment center at Alexandra Hospital.

Last winter, ambulances were removed from the A & E units and diverted to other first aid units throughout England for 376 times.

The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals The NHS Trust has been responsible for almost a third of these detours, with 105 between November and March.

Confidence has even made headlines nationally when ambulances queued for hours to transfer patients to their emergency room, which West Midland's ambulance service called a "catastrophe".

The 2017 winter, labeled as the "worst ever" by former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, also saw most hospital trusts operate with unsafe bed occupancy levels.

Patients are more likely to become infected or neglected when the departments are above the 85% safety level.

It is believed that doctors and nurses do not always have time to wash their hands among patients or to clean the beds well, because they are too tense.

Between November 20 and March 4, the acute hospitals of the Worcestershire NHS Trust failed to record less than 85% in no day.

His lowest overnight rate was Christmas Day, when just over 93% of his beds were full.

On seven occasions, it recorded an employment rate of 100%, which means that there were no free beds at all.

Mr. Hunt identified the Worcestershire Trust as the only officials were "the most concerned".

Despite the winter plans of trust, a document discussing the proposal said that "operational officials meeting weekly remain concerned that the current plan will not sufficiently reduce bed occupancy on the WRH site."

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