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£6.6 million to help ease hospital pressures in Dudley

By Dayna Farrington | Dudley | Health | Published:

More than £6.5 million is being lined up for social care services to help ease pressures on hospitals. in Dudley

The cash will be spent over the next three years on services to help curb the number of hospital admissions.

The cash totalling £6.6m will be used to maintain schemes introduced through the government’s Improved Better Care Fund.

The investment has allowed the authority to introduce initiatives including a new emergency response team, which offers support to people who have gone to the hospital’s accident and emergency department in need of urgent social care support.

It has also increased levels of care at home and helped recruit more social workers to prevent inappropriate admissions to hospital.

Therapy services have been extended to six days a week and the number of step down beds in residential settings increased to give greater capacity to discharge from hospital.

Through the Better Care Fund investment, the council has been able to reduce the number of cases where someone was delayed a transfer from hospital as they needed social care support by more than 85 per cent.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “We have put specific measures in place, which are preventing our most vulnerable people from experiencing lengthy and unnecessary stays in hospital and freeing up hospital beds for people who need them.

“As a council we see the value in maintaining the services we’ve created as we move forward and this is why we’re making a commitment to invest more than £6million.

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"This will allow us to continue to support people to live more independently, which is something we champion in Dudley.

"This investment is vital to ensure we can continue to run a safe and effective service to meet the needs of local people.”

Dudley Council’s cabinet will discuss the plans at a meeting on Thursday.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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