Blackburn GPs to treat 'emergency' cases at home
A NEW scheme will offer patients urgent care at home to keep them out of hard-pressed hospital casualty departments.
Blackburn with Darwen GPs will offer people at risk of emergency hospital admission treatment in their own properties, where appropriate.
They are launching a new scheme called the acute visiting service (AVS) to refer patients with urgent symptoms that might need hospital treatment for a home visit.
The service will provide two dedicated GPs to visit patients in the borough and assess them, providing immediate advice, treatment and prescriptions.
The scheme has been developed as a pilot by Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group, the new GP-led organisation that takes responsibility for local health services on April 1.
Blackburn GP Dr Zaki Patel said: “We know that up to half of emergency hospital admissions are avoidable and those patients could have been more appropriately treated in the community.
“Home is often the best place to be when people are ill and this scheme enables us to get a GP out to patients for rapid assessment and treatment. In most cases, this should avoid the need for them to be taken into hospital but patient safety is always our first priority and clearly hospital treatment would be provided if needed.
“This is one of a number of schemes the CCG has been working on to help patients receive treatment in the right place and improve their experience of NHS services.”
North West Ambulance Service has also signed up to the service so paramedics will be able to assess patients who have dialled 999 and refer them for an AVS home visit as an alternative to a hospital admission.
Mark Newton, consultant paramedic, said: “This service will allow our clinicians to work in partnership with GP services to ensure that patients who don’t need immediate hospital treatment, can receive high quality safe care, closer to home.
The CCG, working with out-of-hours provider, East Lancashire Medical Service, will deliver this service on behalf of all GP practices across Blackburn with Darwen.