This project launched in our Gosport War Memorial Hospital and Petersfield Community Hospital rehabilitation wards 15 months ago in partnership with Age Concern and has helped hundreds of patients since.
Age Concern Hampshire Coordinators, one in each hospital, host a range of activities helping patients stay well on its wards and host daily activities to speed up patients’ recovery and reducing the likelihood of readmission to hospital.
Activities include a breakfast club, healthy eating sessions and innovative exercise classes which all play a crucial role in the patient’s recovery. These and other examples, help improve and practice skills such as mobility and meal and drink preparation which are needed for when they return home.
Patient John Ward, who was treated on Ark Royal following a badly fractured arm says, “I felt my daily dose of being active helped me regain my independence. A day in a hospital is always a long one and getting up and doing something made the day fly by. If I didn’t get this opportunity, I feel my progress would have definitely been slower.”
For 36 years the HSJ Awards, have recognised, celebrated and promoted the finest achievements in the NHS, and showcased them to the service’s most influential leaders. We are one of 11 nominees in our category and will be presenting to the judging panel in October.
Dr Jane Williams, Deputy Director for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Integrated Services Division said: “I'm absolutely thrilled that this project has received national recognition and that we've been shortlisted as an HSJ finalist. It acknowledges the hard work Age Concern Hampshire and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust staff have put in so far. We are excited about show casing the work to date and how it has made a positive impact on our patients’ lives, so that others can build on and learn from our successes.” The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony held in London on Wednesday 22 November.