Furness team set up with £190,000 to help older people

Older people in an area of Cumbria are to benefit from a new £190,000 new health team set up to give extra care.

The team, including nurses, a physiotherapist and a pharmacist, will work with home residents in Furness.

They will provide diet and palliative care advice, as well as medicine reviews, to try to prevent residents ending up in hospital.

Funding will be available for a year and if successful, the scheme will be rolled out at all homes in the area.

The team will work at four homes initially - Risedale Retirement and Residential Home, St George and Lonsdale Nursing Home, Ostley House and Combe House.

Dr Geoff Joliffe, Barrow's lead GP, said: "This new team will allow us to transform the access that nursing and residential homes have to nursing, dietetic, pharmacist and therapist care.

"This will ensure that we can keep people living in homes healthy for as long as possible and out of hospital."

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