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Patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital with tailored home help scheme

An NHS programme in Somerset has helped patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital and freed up at least £2m for other services.

Somerset’s pioneering Homefirst scheme offers patients who are healthy enough tailored help to finish therapy at home, with personalised care reducing stays in hospital by up to ten days.

Homefirst is delivered by specialist teams of staff who have been given additional training in a range of care techniques, so they can do more with patients once they are home, to help them regain independence faster. More....