Monday, 16 July 2018

MP hails new hospital

THE new Townlands Hospital in Henley is at the “forefront of current thinking” on healthcare, says John Howell.

THE new Townlands Hospital in Henley is at the “forefront of current thinking” on healthcare, says John Howell.

The Henley MP was reacting to a new report published by NHS England designed to help local health and social services reduce the time people spend in hospital.

It says that patients’ physical and mental ability and their independence can decline in a hospital bed. For people aged 80 and over, 10 days in hospital equates to 10 years of muscle wasting.

The report recommends that people should make decisions about their long-term care outside hospital, preferably at home.

Mr Howell said: “It adds to the overwhelming clinical evidence that this approach is by far the best way of proceeding. The report goes on to say that care at home enables people to live independently and well in their preferred environment for longer.

“I am immensely encouraged by this as it is on that basis that the number of beds has been worked out at Townlands Hospital in Henley and the answer of up to 14 beds associated with the hospital has been reached.

“It is reassuring to know that we are at the forefront of current thinking and action.

“This is a report not prepared by Government but by the emergency care improvement programme of NHS England.

“It is supported by organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society and clinicians throughout the NHS.”



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