Could this care project end bed-blocking in hospitals across Wales?


A new social care project that started on Peninsula lake could be the answer to bed blockages in hospitals.

Empty bungalows in Penrhos Polish Village have been converted into rehabilitation units.

Patients who are well enough to leave the hospital but cannot go home because their care package is not ready or available can stay at the property.

The initiative is an attempt to solve the problem of bed blockages and to free up vital beds in hospitals more quickly.

Dr. Eiir Hughes is a general practitioner based near Nefyn. He helped set up the initiative after seeing the problems patients spent in hospital for too long.

“Before the pandemic, we were in a health and social crisis, I would say. And of course Covid only intensified that.”

14 patient places are available in the new rehabilitation unit.

Dr. Hughes added, “We have seen our own patients in the community come home from the hospital and we see that they could have recovered much better than they actually did.

“They have nursing needs and needs, and as family doctors, these things often fall on our desk.”

The care facility has a total of 14 places where medical professionals can drop by if necessary.

Penrho’s Polish Village has a rich history as an RAF base during World War II and as the home of former Polish soldiers.

It is hoped that it will help solve one of the problems greatest health and social problems Wales face today.

If the initiative proves successful, these care facilities could be rolled out across Wales.

Huw Williams is a care coordinator who helps care for patients in the care facility.

Each bungalow is equipped with everything a patient needs for his stay.

Huw said, “We have set up a small kitchen area so you can make a cup of tea and simple meals. They are nice and cozy.”

He added, “From a personal and professional perspective, we could have done a similar project for my mother-in-law a few years ago.”

If successful, the project could be rolled out to the rest of Wales.

“I would like to think we can build on that. I would like to think that we can have more units and there could be other projects in Anglesey and other areas of Gwynedd. That would be fantastic.”


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