Simplyhealth and Royal Voluntary Services

A purpose-driven impact-led partnership. Breaking the revolving door between hospital and home for the isolated elderly. An ageing population is creating considerable challenges for the NHS and Social Care. On returning home after a hospital stay, the isolated elderly can find themselves being readmitted to hospital for no other reason than because their isolation leads to a deterioration in their health and wellbeing. The well-executed Home from Hospital Befriending service run by RVS and funded by Simplyhealth at Swindon Hospital reduced readmissions from 90% to 7%, convincing the local authority to fund the service for the next 3 years. 

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