Thanet’s ART: caring for people in their own home.
The Acute Response Team (ART) in Thanet is helping local people stay out of hospital and get the care and support they need in their own homes.
Bringing together primary, community, mental health and social care, the Thanet ART service is a partnership between local commissioners and providers that offers joined-up health and care services delivered to people at home, helping them recover faster in familiar surroundings and relieving some of the pressure on hospitals.
The service, which is run from the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (QEQM) Hospital in Margate and Westbrook House (a community health and social care facility in Margate) draws together expertise from a core clinical team of a nurse, occupational therapist and a GP to develop and deliver intensive health and care packages to patients with complex conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), who are medically safe to be cared for outside of hospital, but for whom, hospital care is usually the only option. This core team have the support of a range of therapy and social care staff and a Thanet Age UK support worker to make sure that patients receive comprehensive and seamless support during their recovery.
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