Physiotherapy target 'not met' for elderly in Bristol

Elderly woman receiving physiotherapy Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption A target for elderly patients to receive physiotherapy at home is being missed

More than 75% of elderly patients in Bristol are not receiving physiotherapy at home within the target time after operations, the BBC has learned.

Bristol Community Health (BCH) is contracted to give patients living at home physiotherapy and occupational health treatment within 18 weeks.

Only 24.7% of elderly therapy service patients are receiving treatment within the target time.

BCH apologised and said the waiting list had "grown significantly".

An NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) governing body report forecasts a "year-end breach... which cannot be recovered".

The BCH said it was "sorry" that some patients had experienced delays in receiving treatment.

"The waiting list for the service, which provides physiotherapy or occupational therapy for people who are housebound, has grown significantly over the last year.

"Demand from an ageing population, who often require more support due to their complex needs, and a focus on getting patients home from hospital sooner, has meant the Elderly Therapy Service has been under increased pressure resulting in longer waiting times.

"We have been working together to address these issues and ensure a sustainable and responsive model is in place to best meet patients' needs."

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