It’s time to talk about bed blocking
19 Nov 2019

With the NHS on its knees and us needing it more than ever, bed blocking has become a national crisis.

At Ethos, we think it’s time to put an end to bed blocking.

Our CEO Fae Dromgool talks about what is happening and how Ethos can help.


What is bed blocking?

Nearly 20 hospital beds are taken up daily in Shropshire by people who no longer need them. Emptying these beds mean that they can be used by those who need them, and the strain on the NHS is lifted slightly.

Patients with physical disabilities are a large proportion of the so-called ‘bed blockers’, due to their inability to return to their previous everyday, independent lives and homes. That’s where Ethos comes in…


We’re here to help address bed blocking

Did you know that, based on eight residents in our accommodation, the savings compared to the cost of staying in hospital beds add up to more than £20,000 a week?

Instead of those with physical disabilities taking up much-needed hospital beds, we invite them to stay with us at Ethos.

We work closely with the wonderful staff at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen - the home of the world famous The Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI).


What Ethos can do:

Most of our clients have found it difficult to return home after their disability, due to their houses not being suitable for their physical needs.

Our three properties are all adapted to suit our clients who have recently left hospital, assisting them in their journey to independent living and acting as a short-term, safe accommodation for them while they find a permanent home that is tailored to their needs.

As people move onto their permanent homes, we have more beds available. Currently Ethos can house 10 clients at any one time, which is 10 more available beds in a hospital and 20 more people receiving the care and support they need.

We urge health bosses to keep us at the forefront of their minds and ensure we are part of the pathway - there may be someone in hospital right now who could come and live at one of our properties but just isn’t aware of how we can support them.

If you’d like more information about the Ethos Group and how we work, please give us a call on 01691 404359, or contact us via contact form.