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£10m boost for services to support older people in North Wales is easing pressure on the NHS – Mark Drakeford

A £10m investment to help older people maintain their independence and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital is helping to ease pressure on the NHS in North Wales, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford said today (29 January).

The Minister spoke at the launch of a new community hub in Holyhead, Anglesey, which has been part funded by the Welsh Government’s £50m Intermediate Care Fund.

The fund is supporting a range of projects across North Wales, which are designed to help prevent people being admitted to hospital unnecessarily and to speed up discharge from hospital, including:

  • 24/7 health and social care support service
  • Embedding intermediate care pharmacy role into primary care
  • Provision of equipment and adaptations
  • Community hubs
  • Seven-day working intermediate care teams

The Holyhead community hub is designed to promote independent living, focussing around community and reablement services. This facility is one of two sheltered accommodation complexes in the region which have been modernised and refurbished.

Speaking at the launch, Professor Drakeford said:

“As well as helping to support people maintain their independence and remain in their own home, the Intermediate Care Fund is also helping to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions, inappropriate admission to residential care and preventing delayed discharges from hospital.

“The community hub model really meets with the expectations of our Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act  and I am pleased to be here today to hear first-hand how community-based services, interventions and accommodation will benefit the people across North Wales.”

The Intermediate Care Fund formed part of the 2014-15 Welsh Government budget agreed jointly with Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

 

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