"Integration of Health and Social Care"
About: Raigmore Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics Raigmore Hospital Trauma & orthopaedics IV2 3UJ
Posted by Little Mac (as ),
My elderly mother was recently admitted to hospital A & E following a fall. She broke her hip.
She remained in the hospital a little longer than necessary in my opinion mainly due to the fact that there wasn't a bed available in a local community hospital. There are two community hospitals in her area but the one that she finally was transferred to is the furthest away from her family and makes travelling that little more difficult. She has I believe had three estimated dates for discharge since being admitted to the community hospital but two dates have gone by the way and then she fell in the hospital and had to be sent to A & E.
She has now returned to the hospital but is not doing too well and is very unsettled, has been put on medication - anti depressant - and is not doing too well. If she had been sent home earlier then I believe that she would have been coping a little better than she is at present.
I have a number of concerns about what is going on - and to me it feels that health and social care is less integrated now than it was before it was introduced. In my opinion Patient centred care is not happening. and integration of health and social care is not happening. There are some good professionals out there but the system is not working and certainly not for the patient in this case.
Maybe this is an isolated case but I am sure that this is not so. I will not go in to all the details but someone out there has to take stock of what is going on and be prepared to listen.