Patients in South Lakeland residential homes to get pro-active care from doctors (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Patients in South Lakeland residential homes to get pro-active care from doctors
12:00pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
DOCTORS in South Lakeland have launched a new pilot scheme to care for people living in residential nursing homes.
A new scheme, called the Kendal Care Home Pilot, has been approved by NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Three Kendal GP Practices, working with the CGG, have created a system to better manage nursing and care home residents on their patient list.
The idea is to improve services to them and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.
A multi-disciplinary team - made up of nurse practitioners, a pharmacist and pharmacy technician - has been formed to work with the three practices for the 15 month project.
At its conclusion, it is intended that the scheme will become a permanent service in Kendal and will then be rolled out across South Lakes.
The pilot has been led by Dr Paul Atkinson of The James Cochrane Practice.
He said: “The plan has an ambitious target of reducing unscheduled hospital admissions from care homes in Kendal by 20 per cent.
“The key to the project is pro-active care of those in nursing and residential homes, improving the proportion of older people with a care plan which anticipates health issues and can act to prevent many health concerns developing.”
NHS Cumbria CCG Clinical Chair, Dr Hugh Reeve said: "This pilot project is a great example of how we are working toward improving care to respond to the challenges of an ageing population.”
The average age in Cumbria is higher than the national average and by 2035, those aged over 65 is set to increase by 60.5 per cent.
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