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Liverpool invests in new Community Clinical Assessment Unit to reduce hospital admissions

Liverpool Primary Care Trust : 06 March, 2008  (New Product)
More than 600,000 has been invested in a new Community Clinical Assessment Unit to provide patients in Liverpool with better intermediate care and reduce the need for their treatment in hospital.
“The new Community Clinical Assessment Unit is about providing the most appropriate and effective treatment for patients, who could potentially have complex needs but do not need to be admitted to hospital,” said Dr Paula Grey, joint director of public health for Liverpool PCT and Liverpool City Council.

“The unit will reduce the number of admissions to accident and emergency units, free up bed space in the city’s hospitals as well as ensuring that admitted patients are assessed and treated quickly and can return to as independent life as possible.”

The 634,000 Community Clinical Assessment Unit was established in March 2008 and will provide eight beds on Highfield Ward at Kent Lodge. The unit, which is a joint partnership between Liverpool PCT and the Royal Liverpool University and Broadgreen Hospital Trust, will assess and treat adult patients who are not acutely ill but who cannot be managed in their own homes.

Previously the patients would have had to be admitted to hospital for treatment so it is anticipated that the unit will reduce the number of non-acute admissions for the city’s residents to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Whiston and University Aintree Hospitals.

A multidisciplinary team consisting of a GP, nurses and therapists staffs the unit. The team provides more specialised assessment and appropriate treatment for patients in a non-hospital environment.

The unit is most likely to be more useful for the following categories of patient:

* People who have fallen but are not suspected to have fractured bones;

* People who are unwell and not able to be managed in their care home but are not in need of emergency treatment;

*People with complex medical problems, whose medical condition has deteriorated but do not need require hospital treatment.
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