Support for people leaving hospital
Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership has been at the forefront of massive efforts to continue to care for elderly and vulnerable people during the current Coronavirus outbreak. We provide home care to 750 people, making nearly 2000 visit every day, making sure they have the meals, medicine and personal care they need. This work remains vital and will continue through this difficult period.
Just as important is the Partnership's role in supporting people to leave hospital. We have always tried to get people back home from hospital, with the right support, as quickly as possible, as people have told us they would rather be in a homely setting. Now, this is more important than ever, as hospital space is needed for patients severely ill with COVID-19.
To support NHS Tayside to care for those who need to be admitted to hospital, the Partnership is preparing to use the former Beechgrove residential home building in Perth. This is a temporary measure during the outbreak, to look after people who are recuperating from illness, are well enough to leave hospital but do not yet have the level of support they need at home.
The facility will open within the next few weeks for a temporary period. While people are staying within the facility, a social care package will be put in place for them so they can return to their own homes as quickly as possible.
We would like to thank local residents in advance for their understanding and patience, given the increased activity at the site during this challenging time.