Posted: Thursday 12th September 2019
The Social Care teams at Lister Hospital and the Princess Alexandra Hospital, and the Early Intervention vehicles at Lister, have been provided with a package of telecare for patients who are due to be discharged from hospital, to allow them to return home safely and more quickly.
In partnership with Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), we have provided these teams with community alarm and pendant kits which patients can take home free of charge for 6 weeks. Once at home the alarm units can be ‘plugged in’ and connected to our 24/7 Control Room. If the person feels unwell they can press the pendant and help is on hand straight away. After the 6 free weeks, which is paid for by HCC, the patient can decide whether to subscribe to the service or return the equipment. Other telecare equipment can be connected to the community alarm device at a later date if additional risks are identified, , once the person subscribes to the service.
We’re keen to help other hospitals in the same way, email CarelineSupport@north-herts.gov.uk if you’d like your hospital to join this system.