Derby City Council has approved plans to create additional bed spaces in several of its care homes, in order to alleviate winter pressures on hospitals.

Winter is a hugely busy time for the NHS, making it more critical than ever to ensure hospital beds are freed up as quickly as possible – once patients have received treatment, and it is safe to do so.

The Council is to construct a hospital discharge unit at Arboretum House, offering 10 additional beds to be used for patients who need additional care, but do not need to be in hospital.

As well as this, Perth House (PH) will be enhanced to make all 36 of their beds available for hospital discharges.

 This provides beds for vulnerable people, who would move there from hospital when once they have had medical attention and it is safe to do so – freeing up precious beds within the NHS.

An assessment hub will also be established in PH, managing all beds as an integrated service with Home First throughout. Thanks to this joint up approach, PH can admit people with higher needs (such as dementia, delirium or mental health issues).

The services will be evaluated after the Winter period to determine if they should continue into 2018/19.