Gwent leads scheme to limit hospital admissions

South Wales Argus: Gwent leads scheme to limit hospital admissions Gwent leads scheme to limit hospital admissions

GWENT’S Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has led a pilot scheme designed to help paramedics better decide whether or not a patient they are attending needs to go to hospital.

The Clinicians in Control project involves GPs working in ambulance control rooms to take calls from paramedics on the scene of emergency call-outs.

The aim is for the GP to advise the paramedic, based on the latter’s findings and the former’s medical knowledge, as to whether a trip to hospital is necessary, or whether the patient can be treated at home with back-up from their own doctor or community health services.

Estimates for unnecessary journeys to Accident and Emergency via ambulance range from 30-50 per cent of all emergency ambulance trips.

This contributes to pressure on crews on the road, and to A&E staff.

Details have yet to be published on the number of hospital journeys avoided during the pilot scheme.

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11:27am Fri 24 Jan 14

Magor says...

I have been sent to the Gwent several times by my GP only to receive treatment they could have done as I was treated by a nurse
I have been sent to the Gwent several times by my GP only to receive treatment they could have done as I was treated by a nurse Magor
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12:05pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

Magor wrote:
I have been sent to the Gwent several times by my GP only to receive treatment they could have done as I was treated by a nurse
GP's don't like doing anything other than handing out prescriptions or referring you to a hospital

At present we get very poor value from GP's(Remember they are private and not employed by NHS). A lot of minor treatment can and ought to be carried out at GP surgeries
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: I have been sent to the Gwent several times by my GP only to receive treatment they could have done as I was treated by a nurse[/p][/quote]GP's don't like doing anything other than handing out prescriptions or referring you to a hospital At present we get very poor value from GP's(Remember they are private and not employed by NHS). A lot of minor treatment can and ought to be carried out at GP surgeries Bobevans
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4:19pm Fri 24 Jan 14

thatcherslovechild says...

News to the ambulance crews
News to the ambulance crews thatcherslovechild
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12:21am Sat 25 Jan 14

Templar05 says...

I worked in the emergency department 2005 -2007 as a non medical professional and seen countless of times people using the ambulance service for their own taxi service , and then called one right after being dis charged for something minor . It takes away the proper use for them ,for life threating injuries and then Paramedics get blamed for a response time ,on a, real emergency ...keep up the great work lads !!!
I worked in the emergency department 2005 -2007 as a non medical professional and seen countless of times people using the ambulance service for their own taxi service , and then called one right after being dis charged for something minor . It takes away the proper use for them ,for life threating injuries and then Paramedics get blamed for a response time ,on a, real emergency ...keep up the great work lads !!! Templar05
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11:37pm Sat 25 Jan 14

gingertom says...

Give the assembly your views: http://wales.gov.uk/
consultations/health
socialcare/continuin
g/?status=open&lang=
en
Give the assembly your views: http://wales.gov.uk/ consultations/health socialcare/continuin g/?status=open&lang= en gingertom
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11:46pm Sat 25 Jan 14

gingertom says...

What are your views on the ambulance service: http://wales.gov.uk/
consultations/health
socialcare/ambulance
/?status=open&lang=e
n
What are your views on the ambulance service: http://wales.gov.uk/ consultations/health socialcare/ambulance /?status=open&lang=e n gingertom
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11:48pm Sat 25 Jan 14

gingertom says...

The chc would like your views: http://www.wales.nhs
.uk/sitesplus/901/ho
me
The chc would like your views: http://www.wales.nhs .uk/sitesplus/901/ho me gingertom
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