Portsmouth hospital’s community ward marks its first anniversary

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A COMMUNITY ward that helps get elderly people back into their homes has celebrated its first birthday.

Around 300 patients aged 65 and over, have received specialised care at the Spinnaker Ward, in St Mary’s Community Health Campus, in Milton Road, Portsmouth.

Previously, most of these patients would have faced lengthy periods in Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.

If a patient’s needs are complex and require further specialist support, then a referral is made to the ward, which is run by Solent NHS Trust.

On average, the length of stay in Spinnaker Ward is 20 days.

Service manager Jackie Chalwin said: ‘Being able to discharge patients within 20 days means we are not keeping people in hospital longer than they need to be there.

‘As we celebrate our first year of service to the Portsmouth community, we are encouraged this way of looking after patients in the right environment is making a difference to individuals as well as to NHS services.

‘It’s all been possible thanks to the wonderful attitude and professionalism by the team we have running the ward.’

Solent NHS Trust said the ward has had no patient complaints in the first 12 months of service, and has received 51 letters of thanks.