MP backs programme to give patients home support

Jo Cox has helped relaunch a Hospital from Home service in North Kirklees.
Jo Cox has helped relaunch a Hospital from Home service in North Kirklees.
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An MP has backed a programme to help patients get the support they need when they leave hospital.

Hospital from Home is run by the Royal Voluntary Service but Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox said that take up of the service was not as widespread here as in neighbouring areas.

Mrs Cox, working with RVS to promote Hospital From Home, brought together a series of health and social care professionals and organisations, in a bid to raise awareness and encourage more referrals.

She said: “RVS’s Home from Hospital is an important service that helps older people when they are discharged from hospital.

“We heard some powerful stories about the difference this service can make to people leaving hospital.

“It is my hope that this relaunch will provide the boost it needs in North Kirklees and that together we can improve the reach and impact it has for people who need it.”

She said the relaunch had been prompted by the number of people who have been in touch with her raising issues about discharge from hospital and a gap in services.

“These gaps arise from cuts to council and NHS budgets, changes to hospital services and the complexities around commissioning. Home from Hospital has the potential to fill that gap,” she said.

“We hope everyone who was involved in this relaunch will refer patients into the service and tell others too.”