Early Supported Discharge

The Early Supported Discharge Team is a rehabilitation service for individuals within the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre areas.  Patients are referred into the ESD service by therapists within both Blackpool Victoria and Clifton Hospitals. The ESDT consists of occupational therapists, technical instructors, staff nurse, physiotherapists, administrator and a team leader.  The service is for adults who are medically stable but who would require a longer stay in hospital in order for them to return to their previous level of independence / function.  By facilitating an earlier discharge home the ESDT increase the throughput of patients within both hospitals, reduce in patient length of stay, reduce the risk of patients developing hospital acquired infections and provide intensive rehabilitation for up to six weeks within patients own homes.