An innovative pilot scheme’s being launched in Southend aimed at helping reduce the pressure on A and E.
A standalone GP service is being created solely for people in care homes.
Officials say it’s the first of its kind in the country and will help provide specialist care for residents.
The project was given the go ahead by NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and will see the creation of a stand-alone GP service in the borough which will provide specialist support for care home residents.
Southend has more care homes than the national average with a high concentration in Westcliff-on-Sea. It is hoped the scheme, a national first, will deliver more specialist care and also provide a more consistent relationship between the new GP service and the borough s care homes.
Ann Mackay MBE, Director of Policy at Care England told Radio Essex: “With winter approaching the pressures on NHS services are likely to increase and this pilot should be able to stem unnecessary hospital admissions thereby relieving pressure on hospitals and undue stress on patients. Residents in care homes are due the same primary care services as others in the community. Their care home is their home. We wish the pilot every success and applaud Southend for its joined up thinking. We look forward to monitoring the results and spreading good practice across the country .”
Dr Taz Syed, the CCG s clinical lead for Quality & Continuing Health Care, told Radio Essex: “There is still much work to do but we hope this new scheme will provide an improved service for hundreds of local care home residents who have some of the most complex health needs in the borough.”