GPs cut A&E trips for care home residents by 40%
Reported in PULSE (2 February 2018): A GP-led scheme has reduced the number of unnecessary trips to A&E by residents in 28 Staffordshire care homes by up to 40%.
The Care Home Support scheme started in December to reduce the amount of ambulance call outs and visits to A&E, with the North Staffordshire GP Federation initially focusing on the 28 Staffordshire homes that recorded the most casualty visits.
NHS Stoke-on-Trent CCG and NHS North Staffordshire CCG provided £700,000 winter pressure money for the pilot, which runs until September.
In another scheme, 17 Staffordshire practices hold video link consultations with care home patients.
GP lead Dr Chandra Kanneganti said that before the pilot started ‘every third ambulance (call out) could be from a care home’. But, he said: ‘In December the attendance of care home residents from the 28 homes reduced by 40% in unnecessary admissions.’
He said: ‘We are working with the 28 care homes to help them and support them.’