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Community bed review

Hampshire County Council, Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) currently have 136 community beds providing a range of care in a range of settings. Community beds provide care for:

  • Patients who have been treated in an acute hospital and no longer need that level of care but are not ready to go home
  • Those who need extra support which cannot be provided in their own home
  • Those who need further assessment to determine their future care and where this should be provided
  • Those who need care at the end of their life
  • Older people to have a short term stay in a nursing home following a period in hospital, providing bed based reablement.

We also provide additional beds for specialist patients, such as those who have a non-weight bearing plaster or a lower limb fracture that stops them being mobile, or during busy periods.

Local people have consistently told us they want more services closer to home and to be supported to remain in their own homes independently for as long as possible. We have worked together to develop new community services that provide this support:

  • Integrated Care Teams
  • Enhanced Recovery and Support at Home
  • REACT (Reablement and Assessment of Care Team Service).

These developments in community services mean that more local people are cared for in their own home with less needing to be cared for in a community bed.

We have been working with local communities and clinicians to ensure that we provide the right number of community beds, in the right locations, providing the right services at the right time. As part of this this local people were invited to complete a survey and the results from this are now being collated. The results are being analysed and will help us to determine how these services are provided in the future.