Advertisement

Home healthcare for patients in NHS care

The NHS could save up to £1.7 billion a year if hospitals and Primary Care Trusts treated more patients in the home, according to a new report by Bupa - “Taking the Pressure Off”.

It says that up to 1.3 million patients staying in hospital for conditions such as knee and hip replacements or infections could be discharged from hospital sooner and get their treatment in the home. The NHS could save over 14.5 million bed days a year, which could significantly help ease capacity pressures and reduce waiting lists.

Dr Mehmood Syed of Bupa says, "Enormous savings can be made by reducing the amount of time people spend in hospital. These savings are made possible by the avoidance of overheads and accommodation costs, which are incurred when maintaining patients unnecessarily in hospital beds. We are calling for home healthcare to be a standard offer for all patients in NHS care.”

Comment on this page »

Features

Latest news

Spire Harpenden Hospital wins prestigious industry award

New testing technique comes to The Royal Marsden

Bupa announce £2.9 million investment

Home healthcare for patients in NHS care
Advertisement
Advertisement
Connect with us on:

This site compiles with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information