The QEH.

West Norfolk Council and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have teamed-up for a third project to help people awaiting surgery.

Working with the council’s housing adaptations team, District Direct has been extended to people aged over 60 who need help while awaiting orthopaedic surgery.

Previously, patients over 70 with impaired mobility, whose operation had been cancelled or delayed due to Covid, were offered minor adaptations to their homes to keep them safe until their surgery. Adaptations included grab rails, stair rails, lever taps, perching stools and half steps.

Positive feedback was received from patients and the project has been opened to the over 60s.

Sam Sandell, council cabinet member said: “By intervening early and understanding the issues people may have, we can make adaptations to properties which make it easier and safer for people to keep living there, or to convalesce at home.”