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Nursing team wins award for access to healthcare

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NHS Solent Healthcare has won acclaim from leading medical research charity the Bupa Foundation for improving access to healthcare for people living in supported housing.

People in supported housing often have complex health and social care needs and seeing a nurse regularly can be an important part of maintaining their health and wellbeing. This is often done by home visits because residents typically find it difficult to get out to see their GP.

Community matron Jill Richards and her team at Solent Healthcare addressed this problem by converting a communal lounge into a health club for local residents. Providing healthcare facilities in a convenient and social setting means nurses can see up to three times as many patients as they would if they were making individual visits. Symptoms are recognised more quickly and at risk patients can be monitored more closely.

Ms Richards said: “We are delighted to win the Bupa Foundation Award. This award will enable us to further develop our idea and to bring in other members of the primary health and social care team such as physiotherapists and occupational health therapists.”

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