Family Nursing & Home Care (FNHC) has been piloting a new ‘Rapid Response’ partnership service to improve patient care in Jersey and has received positive feedback from those who have trialled the service.
The aim of the service is to prevent inappropriate hospital admissions and, for some people already in hospital, to reduce their length of stay and help them be discharged more quickly.
The Rapid Response Team (RRT) is able to safely support patients at home who are still acutely unwell, because it is led by nurses with additional training in advanced nursing practice. The team works with GPs and hospital services to identify these patients early in their hospital stay. For patients already in hospital, the support could mean a reduced length of stay and a quicker discharge.
The RRT service began on the 5th May 2014 and continues to evolve. From May 5th to July 31st inclusive the team treated 55 patients in their own homes saving 226 hospital bed days. The age of patients ranged from 19-96 with the average age being 69 years. The average length of stay on the RRT is 4 days.
Clare Stewart, Team Leader Rapid Response Team, said, ‘Much of FNHC’s work is provided to patients in their own homes. We know that patients who are able to stay in their own home environment recover faster, have a reduced risk of infections and maintain their independence for longer than if they had to be admitted to hospital. Once back at home, it may be easier to involve people that the patients know and trust, such as family, friends and their regular carers in their recovery. This contributes to the patients’ sense of well-being and reduces the risk of disorientation and confusion.
‘We have been trialling the scheme since May, and are pleased there has been a positive response from our partners in the local medical profession as well as patients and families that have used the service. We hope the Rapid Response will become a permanent service in Jersey.’