New funding secured for Sapphire Service

Agewell’s hugely successful Sapphire Service at Sandwell Hospital will be funded until end January 2021and is expanding to include Sandwell residents at Russells Hall Hospital too.

The Sapphire Service was launched in April 2017 in partnership with the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre to support older patients during their stay in Sandwell Hospital and help to prevent their readmission in the future.

As well as befriending patients on the wards, up to six home visits or telephone befriending once individuals have been discharged is also provided.

Sapphire Service workers, Jason Denny, Vivienne Allen and Charlotte Wildman from Agewell, and Veronica Howe, Sabrina Barzey and Sean Swaby from the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre, are delighted that funding for an additional two years has been secured from the Better Care Fund which aims to join up health and care services so that people can live independently in their communities for as long as possible.

Jason says: “The Sapphire Service is getting stronger all the time. We’ve had so much success and have received lots of thank you cards from people we’ve helped. Hospital staff are regularly referring to us now, which is what we’ve been aiming for.

“We are delighted the service is now expanding to include Sandwell residents at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley too.”