2023-01-25 06:28:05

Addenbrooke's opens temporary ward at Papworth to ease pressures

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A temporary "discharge ward" has been opened at a hospital to ease so called bed-blocking by patients medically fit to go home.

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has opened the 20-bed ward at neighbouring Royal Papworth Hospital.

It will remain open until spring, and look after patients medically fit for discharge, but for whom home care packages are not in place.

Addenbrooke's hopes it will ease pressure on its emergency department.

The temporary ward will be staffed by Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH), which runs Addenbrooke's.

It said in the two weeks the ward had been open, it had discharged 33 patients, and would remain open until pressures eased.

At the age of 92, Josephine Relfe, from Cambridgeshire, is a patient on the temporary ward.

She is recovering from two fractures to her skull and one in her lower spine, following a fall.

She will require regular physiotherapy outside of hospital, but with no relatives nearby, or any carer to help, she cannot yet return home.

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