Providing care closer to home for frail patients in Sheppey

Date: 11 November 2022

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Medway NHS Foundation Trust has worked with partners to find ways of providing care closer to home for frail patients and creating more beds at Medway Maritime Hospital for planned operations and treatment.

A proposal has been developed with NHS Kent and Medway and Medway and Swale Health and Care Partnership to use vacant space in Sheppey Community Hospital, creating a frailty ward, primarily for patients living in Swale, providing care closer to home for these patients. The ward is to be staffed by a clinical and support team employed by the Trust.

The majority of patients who live in Medway and require care within a specialised frailty setting will continue to be looked after at Medway Maritime Hospital.

Creating beds in Sheppey Community Hospital will free capacity within Medway and enable the Trust to allocate further beds for planned operations and treatment, referred to as elective services.

This will mean waiting times for surgery will be reduced – this has been a priority for the Trust following the waits that arose as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding for the Sheppey project has been agreed by NHS England through the Integrated Care Board, and the Trust is consulting with staff.

The aim is to open the ward before the end of the year to maximise the benefit over the winter when demand is highest.

Please return to this website for further updates on this project as it progresses this winter.

  • Summary:

    Medway NHS Foundation Trust has worked with partners to find ways of providing care closer to home for frail patients and creating more beds at Medway Maritime Hospital for planned operations and treatment.