A new team which combines professionals across health and social care will give residents increased support after a stay in hospital.
The initiative has been set up by Milton Keynes University Hospital, Milton Keynes City Council, and Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust.
Milton Keynes has a strong reputation for safely and promptly discharging patients who are ready to go home with the support of social care, previously being ranked by an independent body as number one in England for doing so. The city council and heath partners have joint working practices to quickly arrange any home care needed.
From this week, a new service known as the MK Integrated Discharge Hub will make the experience even easier for patients and their families. A diverse team of specialists will secure the necessary support for patients leaving the hospital and ensure a smooth transition for them.
By combining services, the hub will act as a central point of contact which simplifies the process, reduces duplication, and minimises the likelihood of delays caused by moving between services – a common issue across the country.