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Wirral NHS Foundation Trust partners with Four Seasons to provide intermediate care

March 14, 2019

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Clatterbridge Hospital has partnered with major care provider Four Seasons Health Care to set up and jointly operate a new 30-bed intermediate care service for the hospital’s patients.

The Grove Discharge Unit at Clatterbridge Hospital was officially at the beginning of March. The new facility is described as a flagship partnership for Four Seasons, as it is the first such contract for an intermediate care service located on a hospital site.

The new unit brings together the NHS with a social care provider to offer a care pathway to support patients to rehabilitate and get back home as quickly as they can and as independently as they can. It provides short term care for patients who have had their medical condition stabilised and acts as a stepping stone between an acute hospital ward and returning home or moving on to community based care in a care home or assisted living.

Four Seasons chief commercial officer Paul Hayes said Four Seasons would provide management of the unit along with the nursing and care staff, with the Trust providing physiotherapists, occupational therapists and a consultant geriatrician and there is primary care medical oversight from a local GP Practice.

“Four Seasons is a leading independent provider of intermediate care services,” said Mr Hayes.

“The average length of at Grove Discharge Unit is 22 days. Across all of our intermediate care services in England we have achieved good patient outcomes, 70% of patients are able to return home afterwards and 93% of patients maintain or improve their dependency levels. There is also a significant cost saving benefit to the NHS Trusts with the cost of Intermediate Care being substantially less than the cost of similar recuperation care in an acute ward.”

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