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Therapy pilot scheme saves bed days

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A one-year pilot scheme which gives patients the chance to leave hospital earlier and receive follow-up care at home is proving to be a major success.

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Team launched the service to allow patients who have had emergency surgery or routine hip or knee operation and are well enough to be discharged early from hospital to receive daily home visits from the specially formed Orthopedic Outreach Team.

Since the scheme was launched three months ago more than 57 patients have benefited from the service. The team aim to save the equivalent of 700 bed days by the time the pilot is completed.

Alison Swanton, clinical lead for therapy service at the hospital, said: ‘It means that patients once recovered from their operation can receive physiotherapy and occupational therapy at home - they can receive extra support for making meals and getting dressed.’

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