Hugh Alderwick, co-author of our new report on acute hospitals and the role they have to play in integrated care, gives a short summary of the findings of the report. He looks at the various forms of integration, the achievements reached in the report's case study sites so far and the implications for acute hospitals in the future.
Action! visited the Pharmacist now Wednesday who agreed there was a problem and agreed to contact the Surgery for another prescription that would provide medication from Thursday until Sunday, when the usual format from Monday until Sunday would start. They will always order two weeks in advance, and have a week supply in reserve.
As it happened this patient my son, had some lying around, hence why I suggested the 'dosett' box. It informs you when to take the medication, it also acts as a reminder, and also that the medication dispensed is the correct one, by actually describing to the patient what they look like. The Pharmacist will also have a regular check that this is the correct medication. My name telephone and email address is now on the Pharmacist files, where he is able to contact me if they are not collected.
This is why I call it back to basic, because it is exactly that.
Individuals can then collate and integrate all their health and medical activities into a simple, easily accessible port like a Medical eCard.
'My Medical eCard'
The Kings Fund increasingly risks being criticised for remaining introspective and parochial in considering ALL possible options, suggest truly wholistic solutions, and fail to think out of the box. Sorry but this report and references made to 'integrated care' reads the same old-same old, packed with great examples, based on traditional delivery models from the past, embellished with platitudes and soundbites.
Please get in touch and align all the invaluable energies with that of the All Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) of Sir Kevin Barron, Oliver Colvile MP, and Baroness Cumberledge for a taste of how future innovative healthcare delivery models could look like within our health service.
Surely, after this length of time of sadly letting patients down, the words should be 'Acute section leaders should be TOLD ....etc '. .Indeed so too should their senior managers or is this word too outrageous today..
Great that there are some real gems of initiatives but this will always be the case as there are some real stars out there determined to do more but they are in the minority it would seem.
More meetings, more conferences, more think tanks, more case studies..........the list of stalling measures that prevent urgent change is endless.