The Hospital at Rye
The Hospital is designated by the NHS as being for intermediate care providing short term care for patients leaving the acute hospital (the Conquest and Eastbourne). This will be organised through their consultant, the discharge team or the ward. Patients may also come straight from home having been referred by their GP or District Nurse. Intermediate care focuses on limited stay post-operative rehabilitation by way of physiotherapy and occupational therapy and GP/District Nurse referrals for community patients requiring inpatient support, ongoing care and rehabilitation prior to returning home. All patients must be accepted by the Ward Matron or Senior Nurse on duty, having been assessed for suitability and whether their needs can be met.
Private patients may self-refer or be referred by friends or relatives to be admitted for convalescence or respite alone. A medical history will be obtained from the patient’s GP, and a plan of care formulated before admission. Stays will normally be for two weeks but may be extended for up to a month. Patients will provide their own medicines, and any private services will be organised and paid for by the patient.
The patient unit has 15 beds (one of which is private, dependent upon NHS allocation) plus four winter beds offering intermediate care, with all the clinical activities being leased to and managed by the East Sussex Healthcare Trust (‘ESHT’). Intermediate care focuses on limited stay post-operative rehabilitation by way of physiotherapy and occupational therapy and GP/District Nurse referrals for community patients requiring inpatient support.
The Therapy Team at the Hospital consists of an Occupational Therapist and Assistant, Physiotherapist and Assistant, Adult Social Care Resource Officer and a part-time Rehab Support Worker and Activity Co-ordinator. The Team work together and with the nursing staff to provide functional, holistic, patient-centred rehabilitation over 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therefore, patients may not always see a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist daily, but they will still be having rehabilitation every day. The Hospital boasts a gym with some state-of-the-art equipment for use at all stages of recovery, and there is a small kitchen for patients to relearn skills. The Team are passionate about rehabilitation to improve quality of life and to ensure patients are safely discharged home within two weeks of admission. This may mean the patient is below their normal level of function but where appropriate, continued rehabilitation will be arranged on discharge within their own home.
As well as inpatient care, the Hospital has outpatient clinics and houses the District and Health Visiting teams providing an integrated pathway of care. The Hospital is also known for its quality of end of life care supported by the Sara Lee Trust.
The Hospital is currently rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.