Community Trust provides additional capacity to support health and social care demands

Community Trust provides additional capacity to support health and social care demands
21 December 2017

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust, the provider of community health and adult social care services in Staffordshire and community health care in Stoke-on-Trent, has developed additional capacity within the local health and social care system to support demand on capacity.

Neil Carr, Chief Executive of the Partnership Trust today said; “There is significant pressure within the local health and social care system and the Partnership Trust has and will continue to work proactively with partners to support and ease these pressures.”

On 11 December 2017 the Partnership Trust opened Brighton House as a short stay nursing facility. The service is now operating at its optimum level and providing valuable care in the community for people who are well enough to be moved from an acute hospital bed but still require a short period of nursing support before being discharged home.

In addition the Partnership Trust will open Jackfield Ward at Haywood Hospital on 1st January 2018, when the ward can be equipped to operate safety.

Neil Carr said; “Patient safety is the Trust’s absolute priority and to ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care appropriately skilled staff are required to run the ward. Therefore a full staffing rota has been developed for Jackfield Ward and will commence on 1st January 2018.”

To support additional capacity for County Hospital the Trust has been working collaboratively with South Staffordshire and Shropshire Foundation NHS Trust to develop 12 additional beds at St George’s Hospital in Stafford, which will open on 28th December 2017.

Neil Carr added; “Staff from across the Trust have put forward heroic efforts during the past couple of weeks to ensure that services remain safe and sustainable for patients and service users. I am grateful for their continued efforts and hard work during this significantly busy period of time.”

Members of the public are asked to remember that the Accident and Emergency Department should only be used for life-threatening emergencies. Minor injuries and illness can be effectively treated in the Walk in Centre (Haywood Hospital) or Minor Injuries Units (Leek Moorlands Hospital). Alternatively the public is advised to speak to local GPs or pharmacists for advice and guidance.