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What is community healthcare?

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Our patients are at the heart of everything we do. Our ambition is to move further towards services that work together to deliver care that meets your specific needs as an individual.

By providing community based healthcare services at home, and closer to home, we give the people we care for greater personal control and choice, helping them to stay independent for longer.

As the largest community healthcare NHS Trust in London, we provide a wide range of local and community-based healthcare services to nearly one million people in the locations we serve.

Community healthcare has a number of benefits. Most importantly, treating patients in their homes and in the communities where they are comfortable helps us provide a more holistic, well-rounded and bespoke healthcare service to each and every one of our patients. Improvements in treatments and technology mean more people than ever before can be

effectively treated in their own home. Not only does this provide faster and more convenient care for our patients, it also comes at a lower cost to the NHS.

Our services range from district nursing, health visiting and home-based rehabilitation programmes, to NHS walk-in centres, specialist diabetes services and educational nutrition and dietetics sessions.

Our community healthcare services are designed to:

  • keep people out of hospital unnecessarily
  • treat people in their homes and community instead of hospital
  • keep people as independent as possible, for as long as possible
  • help people recover more quickly from their hospital stays
  • increase each patient's quality of life by effectively treating their long term conditions
  • work with new mothers to ensure their babies get the best start in life possible
  • help children develop to their full potential in their early years

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