Who are Connect Health?

The Connect Health Community Rheumatology service was implemented to provided well needed capacity relief to East Kent Hospitals (EKHUFT). Patients who are deemed as their condition is stable, now receive their care from a Clinical Nurse Specialist which prevents the

The Connect Health Community Rheumatology service was implemented to provided well needed capacity relief to East Kent Hospitals (EKHUFT). Patients who are deemed as their condition is stable, now receive their care from a Clinical Nurse Specialist which prevents the need for them to travel to a main hospital site for routine medical consultant care. This has freed the medical consultants to manage complex, sick patients and to speed up the process for new patients who were awaiting an initial diagnosis. As a new service, it has given us a unique opportunity to design and deliver care differently, with the needs of the Rheumatology patients at the forefront of our minds. Connect Health work closely alongside primary care and EKHUFT to deliver seamless transitions of care, allowing patients to be transitioned from each service as appropriate.