Hospital staff mark suite’s 1,000th patient

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Staff at Babington Hospital ‘s Derwent Suite celebrated a milestone recently with their 1,000th patient.

Moira Hodgkinson, aged 82, from Idridgehay, was admitted after a fall in her garden and found herself the centre of attention to celebrate her place as the 1,000th patient to receive care from the Derwent Suite team.

And keen gardener Moira has praised her “wonderful” care. She said: “Everyone has been wonderful. I’ve been having physio, getting me better balanced and I feel much more confident.”

The Derwent Suite provides rehabilitation to patients who are medically fit but need help to reach their maximum level of independence, with the aim of enabling them to return home.

Each patient has individual goals agreed with the multidisciplinary team and activities range from meal preparation to art classes.

Moira, who has lived in Idridgehay for 50 years, is looking forward to seeing her Collie dog, Bridie again.

The suite, which was opened in 2004, is run by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, who provide community-based NHS services in Derbyshire & Leicestershire.

Derbyshire Community Health Services was authorised as an NHS Trust in 2011 and is in the final stages of applying to become a Foundation Trust.

This week, the trust said a final decision on its application for foundation status - which would make it the country’s first specialist community NHS foundation trust - has been deferred by the independent regulator, Monitor.

The Trust said it had received “very positive feedback” on its overall application, being recognised as a “well led” and a “financially viable” organisation.

Chief Executive, Tracy Allen, said: “Getting this far is a huge achievement and reflects the commitment of our staff .”

Foundation status gives a trust a greater amount of managerial and financial freedom, compared to NHS hospital trusts.