Posted: February 5 2018
Dr Elizabeth Kendrick was interviewed for Five News
Our East and North Herts Integrated Community Team (ICT) featured on national Five News recently, showing how we help keep patients with long-term conditions out of A&E. In the report, Nikki Benfield, Community Matron, and Jackie Mason, Occupational Therapist, visited an elderly patient in his home. Dr Elizabeth Kendrick highlighted that many patients "prefer to be treated in their own home because they feel they can turn their health around quicker in their own home".
The Trust was also mentioned last week in the Huffington Post in a blog by Jonathan Ellis, Director of Advocacy and Change at national hospice charity Hospice UK. The item mentions how hospices are fostering partnership working to prevent emergency admissions, by providing care at home, or advice and support through dedicated helplines that can help ensure more people are supported in the place setting that best meets their needs. “For example,” it reports, “a partnership between Peace Hospice Care, The Hospice of St Francis, Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust led to the development of the Palliative Care Referral Centre for healthcare professionals. The centre provides one simple, centralised system for all palliative care referrals, increasing efficiency to ensure that patients are assessed more quickly than in the past and helping widen access to care.”
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