Wednesday, 17 October 2012

THE LORD LIEUTENANT OF BEDFORDSHIRE VISITS NEW SHORT STAY MEDICAL UNIT – HOUGHTON REGIS



South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) was pleased to host a visit from The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis on Monday 15 October.

The Lord Lieutenant, accompanied by the Houghton Regis Town Mayor, Councillor David Jones, toured the Unit and talked to staff and patients at the recently opened Rehabilitation Unit.

Small and focused, with only 16 beds, the Unit is led by a geriatrician consultant and staffed by a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, therapists and health care professionals, working closely with local GPs and Social Care teams.

The Unit provides nursing care with comprehensive occupational therapy and physiotherapy for patients who require intensive nursing support for a limited time, with the average length of stay expected to be between 5 and 7 days. This new service offers a step down from hospital, before being discharged home or into further longer term residential rehabilitation services and a step up for patients who need some intensive therapy but do not need to go into a hospital setting.

South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) has an annual turnover of approximately £300m. SEPT is one of the most successful Foundation Trusts in the country providing integrated care including mental health, learning disability, social care and community services. Services are provided across Bedfordshire, Essex and Luton, employing approximately 6,100 people and serving a population of 1.8 million.

SEPT work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospital and community based premises. SEPT have many modern community based resource centres and clinics to provide local services to local people where possible.

Short Stay Medical Unit - Houghton Regis
Mayer Way, Houghton Regis
Dunstable Bedfordshire LU5 5BF