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New system for elderly patients
8:00am Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
GPs are piloting a new system to ensure frail and vulnerable patients are getting the right support to avoid them being admitted to hospital.
Doctors in mid Essex are using computer software that highlights which patients have the most needs.
Social workers are also linked up with surgeries and once a month will meet GPs, community nurses and social workers to put support packages in place.
Dr Bryan Spencer, vice-chairman of the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “There are demographic issues of an increase in the elderly population and many of those will have long-term conditions, things like diabetes, heart failure and chronic lung disease.
“Many people have not just one long-term condition, they have several.
“It is not just about age, it is about a collection of people who are frail.
“We’re trying to look at services for those patients, mainly because there are very often people who get admitted to acute hospitals that don’t need hospital treatment but because they don’t manage it at home when they get a minor illness.”
Dr Spencer, who is based at Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery in Halstead, said the feedback from the multi-disciplinary team meetings had been positive.
The CCG will also put out to tender a contract worth millions of pounds to find one organisation to coordinate all the care frail patients need to help them stay at home.
Dr Spencer said: “One of the benefits for patients is they will just have a single point of contact to work with.”
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