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New service aims to reduce hospital admissions
A NEW service has been launched in Wiltshire to help people live at home for longer and reduce unnecessary admissions into hospital.
Twenty-three new care coordinators based at doctors’ surgeries across Wiltshire aim to benefit vulnerable people in the county, including the frail and elderly and those with complex health needs.
Care coordinators will become a familiar point of contact for patients and carers, aiming to ease access to health and social care services, as well as those from the voluntary sector.
They will work closely with community nursing teams and support patients, their families and carers to better manage living with long term illnesses including diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), so patients are less likely to become unwell and need hospital treatment.
Care coordinators will also help to identify patients who need support to continue living at home and will work with organisations including Wiltshire Council and the voluntary sector.
Two GPs who have pioneered the scheme are Dr Celia Grummitt, based in Salisbury, and Dr Simon Burrell, who has a practice in Corsham.
Dr Grummitt said: “The advent of care coordinators marks another step in our plans to improve services for patients and provide good care nearer home. As the types and providers of care become more complex, both patients and GPs need help to bring things together so that we can provide our patients with a range of services and care options which are tailored to their individual needs.”
Care coordinators will be visiting selected patients in their own homes over the coming weeks.
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