Hampshire County Council deals with high patient numbers

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HAMPSHIRE County Council provides care packages for patients.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, who is in charge of adult social care, said: ‘We are aware of the significant demand on services at QA and we’re working closely with health and social care partners to support discharges as quickly and effectively as possible.

‘Speed of discharge depends on how a hospital as a whole operates, which means the availability of appropriate social care packages is only one of the elements that can delay a patient.

‘Our experience is the homecare agencies who operate in the Portsmouth area are very supportive, and this has resulted in quicker transfers and better outcomes.

‘As a large authority, Hampshire supports significant numbers of social care clients, so proportionately will always have more clients to support leaving hospital.

‘We continue to look for ways to speed up their discharge as quickly as possible, which includes maintaining hospital-based social care teams, with social workers linked to key wards who are able to bring in more resource.’