I am really pleased to hear about plans for more services at Deal Hospital. Local doctors are planning a 'Health and Social Care hub' to provide better and more co-ordinated health and social care at the hospital.
The plan for a new 'hub' will allow more services to be based at Deal Hospital. They plan to safeguard the minor injuries unit and diagnostics, and more rehabilitation, physiotherapy and social services are planned. It would help older people access more services closer to where they live in Deal and means fewer journeys to big far-away hospitals like Ashford and Margate.
Joining up health and social care in Deal means better step-up and step-down care after illness and injury through access to both inpatient beds at Deal Hospital and the local Health and Social Care Village beds. More people will be able to get better in our community. The 'hub' aims to improve care for older people in particular, by working with the Age UK centre on Park Street and coordinating access to services such as dementia care and meal delivery services.
The new hub plan shows how our local doctors are so committed to Deal Hospital. I will continue to work closely with the doctors and fight for a fairer share of healthcare in our community and more locally-based services in Deal.
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