Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust has confirmed that the Virtual Respiratory Ward (VRW) is being expanded to cover Armley to help patients with an acute exacerbation of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
The VRW is a multi-disciplinary team offering more intensive support to people experiencing an acute exacerbation to avoid an unnecessary admission to hospital and support earlier discharge where an admission was needed.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust expect pressure points towards the end of February into early March from half-term week (18 February) onwards. Work involving Leeds City Council, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and community and voluntary sector partners, supported by NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, will look at how we can improve the discharge process for patients who are ready to leave hospital.
A pilot approach will be tested over the coming weeks with a small number of patients with a multidisciplinary team featuring hospital staff, hospital social workers and Age UK Leeds. In addition colleagues from the Skills for Independent Living (SkILS) service will look at how people can be supported to regain their independence within their homes and communities.
Despite increases in attendances at A&E this year, due to work across the system we’ve seen an improvement in terms of our compliance in meeting the four hour standard. Work continues to prepare for any escalations linked to cold weather related illnesses and injuries or an outbreak of infections such as flu.
In addition recruitment into social care continues so that we can provide reablement support to people ready to leave hospital as well as ensuring quicker assessments of patients so that an appropriate package of care is arranged once they return home.