Community Hospital | Daycare | Homecare | Neurological Services | Nursing Home | Therapy Services
Where care counts
Local charity All Hallows is a progressive, forward thinking place with lots of state-of-the-art facilities. The Trust has recently undergone some major changes, not least with the arrival of a new CEO, Matron and Clinical Educator. The new team have worked hard to build on the excellent reputation the trust has locally whilst ensuring standards continue to improve. To that end it is important to recognise the hard work of the entire team of staff in achieving a ‘Good’ rating from the latest Care Quality Commission inspection of the Hospital, and to achieve this result the organisation had to be seen to be strong in five key areas: safe, effective, well led, caring and responsive.
There is always something going on as the Trust are progressive and continue to look to the future. It has been well documented that the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have withdrawn funding for beds in community hospitals. However, All Hallows has seen this as an opportunity to build on what they provide. A dedicated area of the hospital has been refurbished and will re-open specialising in neurological rehabilitation (short term, step up and slow stream) in December 2017, building on the long-term neurological care they already offer. The team clearly saw a need for this and have the experience and expertise to offer the community this much needed service.
Care in the community
The Nursing Home continues to be a vital service for many families in the area. All Hallows Nursing Home offers 24-hour care for up to 50 residents with a Daycare service available five days a week. The Trust’s Daycare Centre, based in Ditchingham, offers a range of services to help reduce loneliness and isolation for the elderly, disabled and those with palliative conditions, whether living alone, with family or with a carer. Again, these services are run by a team of dedicated professional carers, although the community have a role to play here too. There are many friends and volunteers of all ages that come in to help, whether it’s for a game of cards or just to have a chat.
A hard working, professional team
You might be surprised to learn just how many people make up the team at All Hallows. Between the Hospital, Nursing Home, Daycare and Homecare All Hallows Healthcare Trust employs around 300 people. This is an important part of how the organisation fits within the community. There are lots of fantastic local employment opportunities here, most obvious perhaps are the roles in nursing and health and social care.
Demand for Homecare has grown and the Trust have extended this to South Norfolk as well as the areas they traditionally cover. Homecare includes support with washing, dressing, toileting and continence care in addition to offering companionship and assisting with housework or delivering a meals-on-wheels service. Text by David Burns, Community News