Patient transport in demand
Health Connections Patient Transport Service provides transportation for people who are using mental health services. This could be from home to hospital, hospital to home, or from hospital to another service.
As the news frequently tells us, mental health is a growing concern across the UK. It’s documented that more and more people are requiring the services of mental health professionals and need mental health beds. However, NHS services frequently feel the strain from being increasingly under pressure and are often under-resourced. This can impact on the care that people needing urgent support for mental illness receives.
Pressure on ambulances
The ambulance service is no exception to this pressure, with calls to ambulance services rising by an average of 5.2% each year, meaning they are struggling with demand. Delays in response times and are well-documented, however, this is not for want of trying, it’s as simple as just not being enough ambulances available.
Health Connections Patient Transport Service aims to take the pressure off ambulance services by assisting those people using mental health services.
As winter approaches, pressure increases on healthcare services, particularly at A&E. With ambulances tied up for physical healthcare needs, mental health needs could fall by the wayside. This is where we step in to help, we can
Nobody could have predicted at the start of the year that we would find ourselves in the grip of a global pandemic. We had no idea what would happen and when. However, the government brought in lockdown measures to protect the NHS from completely collapsing under the weight of Covid 19. This is just an additional pressure on the ambulance services and even less resources for mental health services.
Contact us for more information and find out about the work we do to offer support in times of need.