Cash for home health

PUBLISHED: 17:30 19 January 2011

(c) Adam Gault

MORE money is to be spent on supporting health patients in their homes as part of a drive to release pressure on Weston General Hospital.

NHS North Somerset is to receive £635,000 from the Department of Health to help people leave hospital wards more quickly.

The cash will be spent on services like short-term residential care places, home care support and crisis response teams.

On announcing the funding, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “It’s really important, particularly at this time of year, that we help people to leave hospital as quickly as they can, when they are ready.

“Older people often need particular support after a spell in hospital to settle back into their homes, recover their strength and regain their independence.”

The money comes on top of a cash fund provided to NHS North Somerset from the Government for the 2011/12 financial year.

The organisation won the biggest percentage funding increase in the country for the period, getting a £15.3million increase.

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