Wellington Hospital inpatient unit reopens
Wellington Hospital inpatient unit has been taking in patients following the reopening of its overnight beds last week.
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, has successfully recruited a ward sister, four staff nurses and four healthcare assistants, with more on the way.
The inpatient unit was temporarily closed last year while essential repair work took place so a range of community services have been put in place in the Wellington area to help care for patients at home where possible.
The hospital is also home to a team of speech and language therapists, podiatrists and physiotherapists.
New ward sister Melissa Saunders has told Tone News that she was honoured to lead the team of nurses at the hospital:
“I’m really excited to have been given this opportunity to reopen the ward at Wellington Hospital. We’ve been busy behind the scenes getting the ward ready and I’m confident that our team of nurses will give our patients the best possible care.”
Since the temporary closure, Somerset Partnership has developed a better range of community services that have directly supported the Wellington community by helping patients remain in their own homes, where they prefer to be.
During this time a rapid response service was set up across Somerset to care for older, frail patients at home instead of being admitted to hospital. It has helped more than 30 patients from Wellington and the surrounding area so far.
Other community services that are helping Wellington patients include: district nurses and integrated rehab teams who have typically support more than 1,000 patients at home at any one time.
Also, the intensive dementia support service provides care to patients in the Wellington area who have a diagnosis of dementia and/or are displaying challenging behaviours and would have otherwise been admitted to an inpatient unit.
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