Patients discharged from all Surrey’s hospitals will get help at home seven days a week after Surrey County Council sealed two new deals.
Contracts have been awarded to the British Red Cross and Home Group to help people settle in at home after being discharged from hospital and reduce the chances of them being readmitted.
Jointly funded by the county council and Surrey’s six clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the service will be available 365 days a year and has been extended to cover community hospitals together with the county’s six acute centres.
Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Mel Few (pictured) said: “Our approach is all about everyone pulling together as one team.
“Not only will these joint contracts help patients settle back into their own homes, they will ensure taxpayers’ money goes further at a time when our budgets are under growing strain from rising demand for services including social care.
“Going home after a stay in hospital can be a daunting prospect, which is why together with the CCGs it was essential to ensure support is on hand seven days a week, 365 days a year and at the same time reduce the chances of people being readmitted with similar problems.”