North Kirklees residents are now having their healthcare services delivered closer to their homes. Delivering healthcare closer to home means that in the future many more people will access services in their community, or even in their own homes. This can often be more convenient for patients, and better for overall health and wellbeing.
By increasing the range of services available close to home, we can support more people to live independently and reduce the need for a hospital admission. For those who do need to spend time in hospital, better community services will help to speed up the discharge process too.
In North Kirklees, we have already started to provide a growing range of healthcare services in the local community.
Hartshead resident John Laville suffers from atrial fibrillation, where his heart’s rhythm becomes disrupted for a period of time. This disruption is very unpleasant to experience and, if not treated quickly, can have serious consequences for his health.
In the past, when John experienced symptoms, he had to go to hospital to have his heart checked using an electrocardiogram (ECG).
Now, thanks to a move to bring more care closer to home, John was recently able to have blood tests and an ECG in his GP practice. The results of the test were available within a matter of hours, and thankfully, confirmed that he was fit and well.
John said: “I was impressed by the thoroughness of my GP practice. What better can you have; it’s easy, local and I don’t have to travel to hospital for these tests. A great use of technology and resources; a very good experience”.
To find out more about Care Closer to Home is connecting both health and social care services please view Doris Clark’s video.
For more details about what’s happening in North Kirklees please follow NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group