RCN in Wales welcomes Welsh Government’s £20 million investment in community care fund

2 Jun 2015

The Welsh Government announced today that it is to invest £20 million-a-year in its Intermediate Care Fund, which aims to support schemes of improving out-of-hospital care and assist patients in returning home from hospital.

Of the news, Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales, said: “We welcome this investment which will help support the treatment of patients in the community and home setting. Funds such as this are vital if we are to improve Wales’ community care infrastructures, which will allow nurses and fellow health care professionals provide the highest standards of the care to patients. 

In turn, this move to improving the delivery of care in the community will help alleviate the pressures that are currently being faced in hospitals across Wales.”

“We would hope to see funds allocated to those who will benefit most; with a focus on the vulnerable and elderly who can find comfort from being treated in a familiar setting, such as their homes. As advocates for patients, nurses are aware that when possible, it is best to provide care in a patients’ own surroundings – helping to reduce the anxiety that can be related to hospital admission.”

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