Bluebird Care has reinstated its JET (Joint Emergency Team) Service to help tackle the COVID-19 outbreak by easing congestion and maximising bed capacity at two UK hospitals.
The rapid response service ran at Winchester’s Royal Hampshire County Hospital and Andover’s War Memorial Hospital during the winter months and it’s now being re-launched to provide support to the NHS during the pandemic.
The service works by providing rapid response, emergency care to patients with acute medical conditions, such as falls, flu-like illness or UTIs, who can be treated in their own home, rather than in hospital.
Bluebird Care said it will work hand in hand with local hospitals, 18 GPs and community nurses across the Mid Hampshire region.
The patients utilising the service are likely to be elderly or vulnerable who would usually be admitted to hospital if they became ill.
The JET Service will instead see Bluebird Care step in to deliver the same care in the community, freeing up beds and NHS staff for an influx of patients with coronavirus symptoms.
Norman Murphy, managing director of Bluebird Care (Winchester, Eastleigh & Romsey), said: “Our whole team are immensely proud to provide vital support to the NHS at such a critical time. The Bluebird Care JET Service was invaluable to our local community before and we know it will play a vital role in the fight against COVID-19.”
Philip Heiden, Director at Mid Hampshire Healthcare, said: “We are delighted to be working with Bluebird Care again who will be providing vital assistance to our NHS hospitals and GP surgeries.
It has long been known that with correct community social care support, thousands of people that are unnecessarily admitted to hospital can be cared for just as well, if not better, in their own homes and Bluebird Care were the perfect partner to help us deliver this vision.”