Being in hospital can be a worrying time. Many of us are fortunate enough to have friends and family who are available to provide the support we need when it’s time to return home. For some however, tracking down the right type of support can be more difficult. The good news is that help is now at hand in the form of a new website for the public, which is also now being made available via ‘smart tablets’ and touch screens in the county’s hospitals.
Connect to Support Hampshire is a one stop shop for care and support services. The innovative website brings together information about home care agencies, community activities and support groups, as well as information about residential care homes for those who need this type of long term support.
The web pages can be filtered in a variety of ways, including by location, to make it easy for residents to search for the information they need about the support available to them in their local area.
Access to the information is now being made even easier for those currently in hospital, who need extra support to return home safely. Our hospital based discharge teams in Southampton General Hospital, Queen Alexandra Hospital (Portsmouth) and Frimley Park Hospital have been provided with ‘smart tablets’ that can be taken onto wards to help patients identify appropriate support services that can be accessed, whether or not they are eligible for Council funded care.
The Southampton General Hospital scheme has been taken one step further, with a wall-mounted touch screen installed on site for the public to use. The mounted frame enables patients, as well as their families and health professionals, to make use of Connect to Support to help meet their needs when they leave hospital care.
We hope to introduce the service in the county’s other hospitals in the coming months.
If you or someone you know is in need of care or support, see what services are available on the Connect to Support website.
If you are a service provider who would like to be featured in Connect to Support, get in touch to find out more.