Early Supported Discharge Service praised

Date: 15 August 2016

 A Chard patient has praised Somerset Partnership’s Early Supported Discharge Service for allowing him to make his recovery from a heart attack earlier this year, in the comfort of his own home.

The Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Service, piloted for the first two years from Shepton Mallet Community Hospital, was rolled out almost a year ago (September 2015) to all eligible patients across Somerset. Now, the award winning county-wide service helps patients who have suffered stroke or a brain injury to leave hospital more quickly by providing them with their essential rehabilitation at home. The service was recently evaluated and was found to be overwhelmingly popular with patients and hospital clinicians, so much so that recently, Somerset Partnership was given a year’s extension to the contract to provide the service.

Since September 2015, the service has helped 290 patients who have suffered from stroke or brain injuries.

One of those patients, George Lawson, was discharged early from Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, in January, to continue his recovery back home in Chard. Mr Lawson had suffered a cardiac arrest which resulted in hypoxia (a lack of oxygen to the brain). This led to him have problems with his thinking skills, mobility and he was unable to undertake all his daily living activities, return to work, or drive.

Mr Lawson commended the service and said:

“My wife and I think the Early Supported Discharge Service has been a great help. Being at home has made such a difference because I am in my own environment and have been able to pick up my normal life. It has definitely worked for me.
“The service is very accessible and there is always someone to talk to if you have any questions, the team are very easy to contact.

“My wife and I have started getting back to a normal life again and I am able to walk the dogs and do whatever I choose. We were able to have a holiday in Europe a few months ago which is a sign of what a good recovery I have made. I am nearly back to full good health and fitness.

“I would definitely recommend the service to other patients."
Dr Nick Broughton, Chief Executive of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, welcomed the comments from Mr Lawson and said:

“I am so pleased that the Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Service has been received so positively by Mr Lawson and his wife. I am delighted that it has made such a difference to his recovery and that he is doing so well after his cardiac arrest.

“As George Lawson’s comments testify, patients have a better experience when care is delivered out of hospital and in their own home. It means patients can have their family around them and enjoy the comforts of their home environment.

“I want to thank our staff involved in the ESD service for their continued hard work. The service, which started out from Shepton Mallet Community Hospital, has been extended for another year and this is direct credit to them and their excellent patient care.”