Our urgent and emergency care services are more than just our accident and emergency services – they are all the services that support people in our community when they are very ill or in need of care that prevents them becoming ill.
In Northamptonshire we know that older people are spending too much time in hospital when they shouldn’t be – and this can have an adverse effect on their overall health and wellbeing.
As a result too much of our available resources have been allocated to providing reactive care in our urgent and emergency services for people who have already become very ill or who have lost muscle strength, skills and confidence from being in hospital and need extra rehabilitation time. We know this needs to change.
So we are working on
understanding the ways we can change what we are doing to improve care and health outcomes for local people
reviewing the care we provide in our community so it’s easier for people – especially older people – to get the care and support they need closer to home
improving the way our health and care services are provided so people are less likely to need urgent hospital care and, if they do have to go to hospital, the right care and support is readily available to them once they leave
making sure our health and care providers work closely together so our care is joined up and always focuses on the needs of the patient
working together differently so we’re better equipped to cope with the pressures of winter, learning from our collaboration and engaging with people to create future services that are right for our community’s needs.
Urgent and emergency care – latest updates
The number of patients experiencing a delay in leaving hospital in Northamptonshire fell by nearly 50%, latest figures show, following action by Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership [...]
People in Northamptonshire can now access real-time information about waiting times at the county’s NHS urgent care facilities – thanks to the launch of a new smartphone app. The app, [...]
As part of our work to improve our county’s urgent and emergency care services, health and care organisations in Northamptonshire are working together to ensure those in need can acccess [...]
On Christmas Eve 2018 Kettering General Hospital opened its expanded A&E minors area for people with minor injuries and less serious medical problems. The move is part of a £2.4m refurbishment [...]
Our urgent and emergency care services are more than just our accident and emergency services – they are all the services that support people in our community when they are [...]