On 01 April 2018, adult community health services for people living in Guildford and Waverley will transfer to Royal Surrey County Hospital and Procare Health (a federation for local GP practices) from Virgin Care.

Adult community health services provide care to patients in the community; maintaining their health and independence and preventing unnecessary hospital admission. They include services like district nursing, podiatry, rehabilitation beds, therapists and the Minor Injuries Unit at Haslemere Hospital. They complement the services provided by GP practices, Royal Surrey County Hospital and other healthcare organisations.

Paula Head, chief executive, Royal Surrey County Hospital said:

“This is the first time that an acute trust has joined forces with a GP federation to provide adult community health services in this way. We are looking forward to working in partnership to transform services in response to patient need, delivering more care at home, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and enhancing patient experience.”

Patients currently receiving care from the adult community health teams should not notice any difference in their day-to-day care. Patients will continue to receive the same number of visits, medication and supplies. The Minor Injuries Unit at Haslemere Hospital will also continue to provide the same service.

Dr Phil Ridsdill-Smith, who is a GP partner at Haslemere Health Centre, and a director of Procare Health said:

“We will be working together over the coming months towards a service with a single point of access so that any health professional working in the community, including GPs, nurses, therapists or paramedics and the hospital team will be able to refer patients into the service. Frail and vulnerable patients will have their health and social care coordinated, which will include a shared care plan personalised around their needs.”

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