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Pensioners benefit from new service

PUBLISHED: 23:30 03 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

ELDERLY people in Suffolk are benefiting from a new service that allows them to go home in extra-fast time following hospital visits.

The fast-track service, Swift Response, has helped more than 50 people since it was set up six months ago in May.

ELDERLY people in Suffolk are benefiting from a new service that allows them to go home in extra-fast time following hospital visits.

The fast-track service, Swift Response, has helped more than 50 people since it was set up six months ago in May. With help from this county council service, individuals have been able to come back quickly to familiar home surroundings after a spell in hospital. Some people have even avoided the disruption of a hospital stay completely by receiving the additional care.

Pat Boston, 85, has already benefited from the service. Pat said; "The support from the team meant I could get back from hospital quickly which was very important for me and my wife."

Pat needed two carers to use a hoist so that he could be moved. Joan Boston, his wife, was delighted with the extra assistance: "It was impossible for me to look after Pat on my own and the only alternative was to stay in hospital. The help from the Swift Response team meant Pat could come back home to our home."

Sue McKinney, project manager, would like to see the scheme extended. She said: "It has been such a success that we hope eventually to cover the whole county if we are able to attract more carers."

Swift Response was set up in May to help relieve the pressure on hospital beds. The team takes referrals from social work and hospital teams and provides care for up to two weeks, allowing time for longer-term care to be arranged if needed.

Anyone interested in becoming a home carer can contact Sarah Sharlott, Tel 01473 583386 or Sue McKinney, tel 01473 588003 for more information.

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