Short Stay Medical Unit To Close

The Houghton Regis Short Stay Medical unit is due to close on 5 December 2014. The unit has been providing medical accommodation to the more vulnerable and elderly.

This was set up as a Pilot Scheme in April 2012 to promote and health wellbeing and protect the vulnerable.  The cost was anticipated at £2.8m per annum.  The idea behind the project was to reduce emergency admissions of people aged 75 years and over, although on some occasions patients were admitted at a younger age.

Sadly the model failed to deliver against most of the Key Performance Indicator's, although it should be noted that patients feedback on the provision showed a high satisfaction level:
·         Hospitals admissions via A&E showed an increase of 17% over the period of the pilot;
·         The basic cost for the pilot increased from £2.8m pa to £3.4m pa;
·         The occupancy levels did not reach the target.

The Rapid Intervention Team offering patients short-term nursing at home for up to 72 hours will continue.

The BCCG are planning to implement "Hospital in the Home". This is currently being piloted in the Bedford Hospital locality and is providing very satisfactory outcomes.