Intermediate care is a term used to
describe a range of health and social care services available to
adults 18 years old and over.
These services are designed to:
How can intermediate care help?
Adults referred to intermediate care require a multi-disciplinary,
comprehensive assessment and be in need of the services of more
than one discipline i.e. nursing, social work, occupational
therapy, home care & support, community matron, and
Intermediate care is not a substitute for services provided by any
one particular discipline e.g. district nursing or physiotherapy
Where is the service provided from?
There are currently 5 intermediate care teams based in the
When is the service provided?
The service is delivered 7 days a week.
Either in the clients own home (approx. 7am to 11pm for Durham and
for Darlington 8am - 8pm ) or in a designated intermediate
care unit where they have access to carer support 24/7.
How do people access the service?
The service is accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week, referrals
are received from:
a) Hospital wards, admissions units and accident and emergency
departments - to enable patients to be discharged;
b) From community services such as district nurses, GPs, community
matrons or mobile warden services.
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham