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Better integrated care for elderly patients in Surrey

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Better integrated care for elderly patients in Surrey

Published by Carol Musgrave at 6:00am 7th December 2019.

The Royal Surrey is aiming to provide improved integrated care for older people with physical and mental health needs at Farnham Road Hospital.

It is linking up with a mental health trust by offering better quality physical care for inpatients on the older adult mental health ward.

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is now working with Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to provide more support at the Farnham facility.

The Trust says older people face a lot of different challenges when staying in hospital - and it has been recognised that those in mental health facilities may be at increased risk of deteriorating due to their physical health needs.

This joint venture means patients no longer have to make what can be demanding trips for them to the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford, to receive care for things not provided for inhouse.

The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust said it means older people in this category can be admitted, cared for, and discharged largely within the same location, reducing any risk of further health failure.

Dr James Adams, Director of Integrated Care for Older People, said :

"We were delighted to be approached by the team at Surrey and Borders Partnership. It was clear from the outset that we were aligned in our thinking - that in order to provide better care for inpatients with mental health conditions we had to change the way we operated and adopt a more integrated approach.

"We were able to move very quickly to a collaborative approach which should help to minimise the trips to Royal Surrey by providing much more comprehensive assessment of both their physical and mental health needs combined."

Sharon Gregory, Director of Older People and Specialist Services at Surrey and Borders, said: 

"Our older adult inpatients can now benefit from expert physical health care without the need to travel. 

"This collaborative approach not only improves the experience of people using our services, but also enables mental health and physical health staff to share their expertise and learn from one another, improving patient care in the longer term".