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Home visiting pilot helping to keep more people out of hospital

A new home visiting pilot scheme which gives patients in Wakefield faster access to treatment at home has been hailed as an early success. Community Matrons, from The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, who are part of the Wakefield Connecting Care hubs (made up of specialist health workers from different health, social care and voluntary organisations, across Wakefield) started the pilot on the 1 August 2017. 

The overall aim of the service is to provide a same-day visit for patients in their own homes, whilst helping to reduce the number of patients admitted to the Accident & Emergency (A&E) department, and as hospital admissions to wards. In addition, the new scheme hopes to reduce pressures on local primary care services.

The Community Matrons, based in Wakefield, visit patients who are identified as needing a same day urgent care home visit and who meet specific criteria. So far the team have visited 43 patients in their homes in the first month and supported ten GP practices within the Wakefield district.

After patients have been triaged by their GP, the Community Matrons make an assessment of the patient’s needs and make any necessary arrangements to help the patient remain in their home, such as arranging home care assistance from social services, arranging therapy sessions, prescriptions or a follow up visit by a GP.

Community Matron Peter Hunter said; “I have visited a number of patients within their own homes as part of the Home Visiting Service in Wakefield. I am able to promptly assess and treat patients within their own homes to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions. I receive excellent feedback from the patients I have met so far and cared for and the GP practices that we are supporting.”

This is a major improvement in helping to reduce the number of people admitted to hospital. This new way of working hopes to ensure a clear and co-ordinated approach to support and achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.