A new team of doctors, therapists and nurses is working together
to enhance the experience of older patients coming into hospital
via the emergency departments or the medical admissions units.
CREST - County Durham Rapid Elderly Care Specialist Team - is a
team of specialists which assesses the more elderly and frail
patients when they come into hospital as an emergency. By having
this specialist assessment available at an early stage it means
more patients can be supported with a package of care to return
home rather than needing to be admitted to hospital.
CREST is running alongside a wider scheme in our hospitals,
which is enabling ward staff to work more closely with community
colleagues to put in place the right package of care for inpatients
to support them returning home earlier or to be treated in their
Paula Wood, Care Closer to Home Practitioner says: "There are
times when people need to come into hospital, but we also know that
sometimes with the right support and care others could go home
sooner or could stay at home instead. By integrating acute and
community care we can bring real improvements to patient care,
staff are able to share their specialist knowledge of different
areas of care and support each other."
The scheme has been extremely successful and evidence shows that
during a 22 week period over 300 unnecessary admissions to hospital
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital