Scheme to reduce hospital visits in Cambridgeshire

A scheme to reduce delays in patients leaving hospitals in Cambridgeshire after receiving medical care has been given a £1.45m government grant.

Cambridgeshire County Council's adult social care services is being given the funds to work with NHS Cambridgeshire on the scheme.

The money is to be used so social services can provide care for the patients, if needed, at home.

The council will also look at ways to prevent the need for hospital visits.

Cabinet member for adult social care Martin Curtis, said: "Health and adult social care services in Cambridgeshire are already under pressure and the demand inevitably increases during the winter months, so this extra money from government is very welcome."

He said the council would also be working with the "private sector and voluntary organisations to reduce the number of people who need to go into hospital in the first place".

"This relationship between hospitals, GPs, NHS community partners, social services and the independent and voluntary sector is pivotal to ensuring that patients who are admitted to hospital only remain in beds for the time they require specialist acute care," he said.

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