Hospital provides thriving healthcare hub

The hospital of St. Barnabas, in Saltash, has over 70 care staff working from its site, delivering both outpatient clinics and community care services.

Hospital provides thriving healthcare hub

elderly lady with a community nurse

Teams working from the site to provide quality care include: speech and language therapy and podiatry clinics; community teams such as health visiting services, district and community nursing teams; and admin and clerical support, as well as many other services.

Services and teams aim to prevent unnecessary acute hospital admissions, such as the Acute Care at Home Service. This team provide advanced nursing care and support to patients who are often elderly, confused and frail, in the familiar surroundings of their own home and with support from friends and family to aid the patient’s recovery.

“Having our office based within St. Barnabas Hospital means we are local to the Saltash community and we are able to integrate with the other services based within the hospital, such as district nurses, to provide and maintain patient centred care” commented Mel Rayne, who is the East Team Lead for the Acute Care at Home Service.

Mel continued “being based within St. Barnabas Hospital means there is very little delay for referral for treatment between GPs and Derriford and community hospitals. We provide a range of treatments normally only accessed within the acute hospital setting, to all ranges of the adult population and in the comfort of their own homes, with very little disruption to their daily lives. We also have facilities within St. Barnabas Hospital to provide treatment for patients who can be monitored more closely instead of travelling to Derriford, and at times, twice daily.

CFT’s Chief Executive, Phil Confue commented: “integrating services into the community is the way we need to increasingly move towards. The teams that are working from St Barnabas are supporting the acute hospital in Plymouth by enabling more specialist care to be brought to Saltash, thus preventing unnecessary admissions into hospital.”