New project to offer support to patients returning home

Bradford Royal Infirmary Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

A new project to offer help and support to patients who have spent time in hospital and are due to return home is being launched across parts of West Yorkshire.

Home from Hospital is a scheme designed to ease adults of all ages back into everyday life after being discharged from hospital. It helps with everything from benefits guidance to making sure houses are safe.

"I do not know what I would have done, or how I would have got back on my feet, without them. They have helped me feel better, which in turn has helped me get better. The people who come are like old friends - as if I have known them all my life."

The programme of additional support which is tailored to individual needs - was originally offered to patients being discharged from Airedale General Hospital.

After proving its success the service has been extended to now include all patients returning home from Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke's Hospital, as well as community hospitals at Westbourne Green, Eccleshill and Westwood Park in Bradford; Troutbeck in Ilkley; and Curregate in Keighley.

Patients can access the scheme via hospital nursing staff.

Volunteers are vital to the future success of the scheme, ensuring people have the right support where and when they need it the most.