Hundreds of vulnerable care home residents will get new health checks.
Huddersfield health chiefs say up to 1,700 people could benefit from a new assessment service at care homes.
Frail patients at 47 care homes will be given three health care assessments each year to help them stay as well as possible for as long as possible.
The assessment will include; checks on overall health and management of long term conditions; a review of medicines, physiotherapy reviews to maximise mobility and minimise the risk of falls, and a dietary review to ensure healthy eating.
The new service - based on national evidence of good practice for residential patients - will be delivered by Locala CiC, which won the three year £1.3m contract through a competitive tendering process.
The new service comes just a few months after The Examiner revealed dozens of Huddersfield care homes had failed health watchdog tests.
Dr Jane Ford, from NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, said: “We have invested in this new care home service to provide extra support for our elderly and frail patients, to help them stay as well as they possibly can by proactively managing their health needs.
“The new service will link closely with patients existing GPs and this ‘whole system’ approach will help keep these people away from hospital and in a familiar home environment where we know they do best.
“The new service will also provide education and support for care homes staff to enable maximum health benefits for residents, ” she added.
The service goes live on April 1 and the initial focus will be on assessing the most vulnerable patients.
Dr Ford said that the CCG would be monitoring the service closely through monthly performance management meetings.
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