A new pilot service is helping unwell older people in Wisbech and Ely get the urgent support they need to be cared for at home.
Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust has launched a year long community rapid response scheme for patients registered with GP practices in the Ely and Wisbech areas.
GPs, paramedics and other medical professionals can contact a senior nurse who will arrange for the most appropriate professional from the multi-disciplinary service to visit their patient at home. They will then assess them to determine the type of care and support they need to recover – either at home or a short stay in a community hospital.
The multi-disciplinary service includes nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists social care managers, a consultant geriatrician, pharmacists, and multi-skilled healthcare assistants.
Ross Collett, Local Chief Officer for Wisbech and Isle of Ely Local Commissioning Group, said: “The service aims to ensure that people who are in a crisis situation, but do not need to go to hospital, receive the best care possible in the most appropriate place. Most people in this situation are better cared for in their own homes, but need a lot of support from medical and social care staff for this to happen. The service provides same day assessment for most patients and aims to refer them to other community services within seven days.