Cash boost for care beds

NEW funding has allowed a transitional care unit at Davers Court Residential Home in Bury St Edmunds to run at its full capacity of ten beds.The unit opened in November under the first round of government money allocated to deal with 'delayed transfers of care' – people who are fit to leave hospital, but have nowhere appropriate to move to.

NEW funding has allowed a transitional care unit at Davers Court Residential Home in Bury St Edmunds to run at its full capacity of ten beds.

The unit opened in November under the first round of government money allocated to deal with 'delayed transfers of care' – people who are fit to leave hospital, but have nowhere appropriate to move to. Davers Court helps take patients from West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

The money comes from a national scheme called 'Cash for Change', and will enable ten beds to be used, by paying for the extra staff needed to deal with clients who need a high level of care dependency.

Figures collected this week, show Suffolk is in line with government targets to reduce delayed transfers of care from acute hospitals.

This week there are 58 people delayed, down from more than 70 in late December.

Terry Green, member of Suffolk County Council's executive committee with responsibility for adult care, visited Davers Court yesterday.

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He saw the recently refurbished rooms and was briefed on the work of the unit by manager Mary Lambert.

He also met and chatted to some of the residents about their care.