Isle folk to benefit from health unit expansion

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More people from the Isle and across North Lincolnshire will benefit from an intermediate care facility now it has expanded.

Eighteen more beds take The Lilacs’ provision, on Warwick Road in Scunthorpe, up to 30, to provide intensive rehabilitation care to patients on a short term basis.

The unit is managed by North Lincolnshire Council and brings together nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, general practitioners and social care staff.

The Lilacs is designed to help those who need short term, intensive rehabilitation with mobility, technical skills or every-day tasks such as washing and dressing, to enable them to return to their previous level of independence.

There is a therapy kitchen where occupational therapists work to help people with daily living skills such as making breakfast or cooking a meal.

Patients treated include those who are medically well enough to leave hospital but require further rehabilitation support before they can go home, either due to an operation or after a period of acute illness such as a stroke.

Other patients may have a long-term condition like MS, and may need a period of intensive rehabilitation.

Helen Davis, operational matron for adult specialised community nursing services, said: “The unit provides patients with the necessary support they need to regain their independence and to enable them to go home. We work on a step-down basis, taking patients who are well enough to be discharged from hospital but not able to go home. We also operate a step-up service, seeing patients who have been unwell at home and now require a period of intensive rehabilitation while avoiding a hospital admission.”

Patients are referred to the unit from hospital, via GPs or other healthcare professionals and are screened for their suitability before being admitted to the unit.

Coun Rob Waltham, cabinet member for people at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The investment in intermediate care in North Lincolnshire is enabling us to provide facilities that many residents rely on to help them get back on their feet or recuperate, whether they have recently been in hospital or suffer from a long-term condition.

“Even more residents will now be able to benefit from intermediate care facilities. We strive to provide the best possible facilities for residents and we know how much of a difference they can make.”