Nottingham

Cash boost for Nottinghamshire elderly care

Nottinghamshire County Council has been given £3m to improve services for elderly people leaving hospital.

The money is part of £70m awarded to councils to prevent older people being readmitted within a month.

From next year hospitals could face financial penalties if patients are readmitted within 30 days of discharge.

The county council has said the money will be spent on occupational and physical therapy, mobility and daily support and mental health services.

This funding, which was initially proposed by the Labour government, aims to help more people get access to the support they need.

'Unnecessary admissions'

Between 1998-99 and 2007-08, the number of emergency readmissions in England rose from 359,719 to 546,354.

Nottinghamshire County Council will receive £1m this year and £2m in 2012.

The council's service director for older people David Hamilton said: "We are really pleased that the government has recognised that there is an issue.

"We are working hard to look at how we can spend that money wisely to prevent unnecessary admissions and equally to make sure we help people move out of hospital in a timely and safe manner."

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