Since October 2016, more than 1,200 frontline health, social care and public health staff from the NHS and Wigan Council have been supported to work more closely as part of integrated community services (ICS) with the aim of keeping local people well and independent, for as long as possible. This means avoiding hospital admissions and re-admissions and ensuring those patients needing hospital treatment have the shortest of stays.
By working across three hubs covering Wigan, Ashton and Leigh, staff have already reduced the time it takes to put a care package in place. They have achieved this using a variety of ways but a key element of ICS is the daily lunchtime ‘huddle’ meeting, involving Bridgewater’s NHS community services and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh’s hospital services. New referrals and patients requiring the most intensive input from services are discussed with colleagues from Wigan Council teams including Social Care and Early Intervention.
Wigan’s GP Out of Hours Service has now given greater options for those who may have previously sought A&E treatment, providing essential care for patients and families when the borough’s GP practices are closed. To find out more about this work and more in the borough view Bridgewater’s services here
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