A SCHEME to treat more Solihull patients in their own home instead of hospital is set to be extended.
It comes following comments made in the national press by GPs’ leader, Dr Michael Dixon, who said hospitals could eventually downsize or even close if they were providing increasingly less services.
Solihull CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) is already funding a service where patients needing intravenous drugs and antibiotics for conditions like foot infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, urinary tract infections and abscesses can receive their treatment one or more times a day in their own homes.
CCG bosses have reported ‘excellent feedback’ from patients and are now planning to extend the service.
The chair of Solihull’s CCG - the new commissioning body for health services - Dr Anand Chitnis told the Solihull News this week he is keen to treat more patients in their own home ‘if it is safe to do so.’
“Our aim is to help people stay in their community and receive the services they require in the comfort of their own environment which will allow us then to enhance hospital services,” he said.
“Generally, patients find that staying at home is a more comfortable experience than being in hospital. They are in their own bed with their own bathroom. Their relatives are nearby and don’t have to travel to hospital to visit them.
“Hospital is the best place for those who are most severely ill. Often these will be people who need operations.
“However, if hospitals become overloaded, they may have to cancel elective surgery and patients then suffer.
“Also, infectious illnesses such as Norovirus can spread quickly in institutions like hospitals, leading to the closure of wards.
“If people who have infections can be safely supported at home, this protects hospitals, staff and patients.”