Posted on September 7, 2016
NEWBURY – Care for patients at the Four Counties Hospital, one of two hospitals in Middlesex County, will not end once they are discharged from hospital, the Middlesex Health Alliance announced last week.
The local health care organization is putting a “co-ordinated discharge process” in place where patients will be guaranteed an appointment with their primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) within seven days of being released from hospital.
The project is possible thanks to a new service agreement between the hospital and the Four Counties Family Health team and the West Elgin Community Health Centre.
The goal of the project is to ensure the well-being of patients by continuing to monitor them as they recover from their illnesses, reducing the chances that patients have to be readmitted to hospital for the same condition.
“When we talk and plan earlier for a safe transition home, our clients will be less likely to end up back in the Emergency Department or hospital. This is better for both our clients and the health care system,” said Andy Kroeker, Executive Director of the West Elgin Community Health Centre.
“The co-ordinated discharge plan will ensure that our patients have the appropriate follow-up, so that we can seamlessly reintegrate discharged hospital patients into a primary care setting,” added Jean Ray, Executive Director of the Four Counties Family Health Team.
Patients eligible for this co-ordinated discharge process include, but are not limited to, those admitted for an acute inpatient hospital stay for cardiac conditions (excluding heart attack), congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, diabetes, stroke, and gastrointestinal disease.
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