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Support for patients from DGRI to home

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Support for patients from DGRI to home

A NEW service is being launched to help support a patient’s return home from Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and reduce the risk of delayed discharge.

The Wraparound Hospital to Home Service by Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway (TSDG) will work alongside existing processes and will also assist efforts to minimise unnecessary re-admission.

The service will make appropriate use of the resources within local charities and community organisations to support patients, in areas including patient transport, befriending services, meal provision, pet support, shopping services, home adaptation, and packages of support.

TSDG health and social care engagement manager Niomi Nichol said: “The service’s key aims and objectives are based on accessing resources within an individual’s own community to support a positive discharge experience in a safe and timely manner.

“There is a large resource available within the third sector and we aim to support a patient’s positive journey by coordinating the support of relevant third sector organisations and services.”

The service is a focussed piece of work by TSDG and is being initially trialled within Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary – as the largest acute hospital in the region.

Future development will be considered as it progresses.

Pictured right: Niomi with TSDG CEO Norma Austin Hart and Carol Bell