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emis healthFebruary 1 2016

A GP practice in Gateshead has halved A&E visits for its frail and elderly patients using joined-up technology from EMIS Health. A&E attendance and admissions for the Oxford Terrace and Rawling Road Medical Group (OTMG-RR) were down 54% over the nine months after being introduced. Requests for GP home visits fell 81%.

Personalised care planning and shared records via EMIS Web has enabled the practice’s complex care team to care for those at risk of hospital admission. The practice reports that it now receives three or four discharge letters a week, down from around eight discharge letters a day it used to receive.

The change has involved South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust seconding an older persons’ specialist nurse to co-ordinate and implement care plans. As well as GPs, the team also includes nurses, a primary care navigator, a practice-based occupational therapist and community matrons. All of the healthcare professionals in the team can write and update care plans by using EMIS Web.

Practice manager Sheinaz Stansfield commented: “It’s all about teamwork. For example, our primary care navigator and healthcare assistants will call at-risk patients and identify health and social factors that could affect their health; an individual could be feeling isolated and not eating properly – a situation which could make them more susceptible to infection.

“Knowing that, the broader team are able to suggest action – including the best people to take action – to prevent the situation from escalating. It might be that the district nurse could time a visit to check what’s on the menu. It’s about moving from reactive treatment to proactive and preventative care.”

Other benefits have included being able to make business cases to the CCG backed by data. One example has been “to show that an in-practice occupational therapist would actually save time, resources and money by working with patients, maintaining independence and reducing hospital admissions or care home admissions.”

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