Welsh ambulance system reduces hospital admissions
6:01pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
THE WELSH Ambulance Service is celebrating the success of a new system designed to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.
The system, Alternative Care Pathways, means that for non-injured fallers and people who have who have had epilepsy and hypoglycaemic episodes can be referred by paramedics to their GP or an identified community team instead of going to hospital.
Since the service launched last September, more than 2,100 referrals have been made for non-urgent fallers and more than 2,820 patients so far have benefited from a Pathways referral.
To make a referral, paramedics call the 24-hour ‘Co-ordination Point’ number, and the existing health information team within NHS Direct Wales acts as co-ordination agents for the Alternative Care Pathways.
Patients will then be given a ‘Stay at Home’ leaflet containing useful information about the referral process along with useful contact numbers.
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