Fenland has only half number of volunteers compared to East Cambs to help to support vulnerable residents returning home from hospital

PUBLISHED: 12:52 02 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:52 02 November 2015

More volunteers needed to support residents returning home in Fenland from hospitals such as Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon,

More volunteers needed to support residents returning home in Fenland from hospitals such as Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon,

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Fenland has only half the number of volunteers compared to East Cambs who help to support vulnerable residents returning home after a spell in hospital.

The district council has now started a project to “improve the opportunity for voluntary services to support vulnerable residents leaving hospital in a fast and safe way”.

A report says: “This will free up hospital beds quicker. At the moment there does not seem to be a coordinated approach to link available transport services with home support services such as Care Networks “Help at Home” service.

“There are also some gaps across the hospitals who receive Fenland residents. The council is helping with this.”

The council says it is working with Care Network to increase the numbers of Fenland Care Network volunteers that can support residents returning from a hospital stay. “The volunteer numbers are lowest in Fenland than the rest of the district areas in the

County,” says the report.

“For example we have half the numbers of Care Network volunteers in Fenland than there are in East Cambs. As a result Care Network is increasing support to recruit.”

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