On Wednesday 30 January 2019 a Winter Home Hub was launched for residents in Reigate and Horley. The initiative, which lasts 10 weeks, aims to offer extra support, help and advice to members of the community who may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of winter. This could include the elderly and those who have long term health conditions.
The Hub was launched in partnership between the British Red Cross, Surrey County Council Adult Social Care, First Community and Alliance for Better Care and is funded by winter pressures money from Surrey County Council Adult Social Care.
‘By offering extra support to those who need it the we hope to support the local health system by prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and reducing pressure on acute hospitals’ said Lena Abdu, Improvement and Transformation Lead at First Community.
The Hub is available to patients registered at Smallfield Surgery, Wayside Surgery and Birchwood Medical Practice in Horley and The Wall House Surgery in Reigate. To access the service patients should phone their surgery and ask for support from the Home Hub. Neighbours, friends, family member, health and social care professionals and voluntary organisations can phone on behalf of somebody who requires support.
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For more information contact: Jenny Rawlinson or Maddy Sciberras at First Community, 01737 775 462.
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First Community is an award-winning organisation which is part of the NHS family delivering community healthcare services in east Surrey and the surrounding area. We offer a friendly face with highly rated, well-run services, delivered by our skilled people. We provide high-quality nursing and therapy services, children and family services as well as a rehabilitation ward and minor injury unit at Caterham Dene Hospital. First Community was rated overall Outstanding by CQC in 2017.
Visit firstcommunityhealthcare.co.uk for more information about First Community.
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Alliance for Better Care is the federation of 44 GP practices in east Surrey, Crawley, and Horsham and Mid-Sussex. Visit www.abcltd.org.uk for more information.
The British Red Cross is a charity that helps people in crisis. Visit https://www.redcross.org.uk/ for more information.
Visit https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/ for more information on Surrey County Council.