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Nursing team highlight benefits of Transforming Your Care

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Health Minister Edwin Poots has said the Western Trust’s Rapid Response Nursing Team highlights the benefits Transforming Your Care brings to patients.

The Minister was speaking as he visited the hub of the nursing team at Tyrone County Hospital and travelled with a nurse to see at first hand a patient getting treated in her own home.

Rapid Response is a community based nursing service that provides acute nursing care to patients in their local area and in their own homes where appropriate. This prevents admission to hospital, facilitates early discharge and reduces the potential for hospital acquired infections.

The Minister said: “Transforming Your Care is very clear about the need to enhance treatment, care and support closer to home and in the community. The Rapid Response Nursing Team here in the Western Trust is evidence of the benefits of this approach.

“I have been extremely impressed by the work that goes on to keep people out of hospital and helping people to return to their own homes after a hospital stay. Of course this also brings with it a whole range of positive outcomes including providing patients with a choice for their preferred location for care and treatment and supporting the independence of older people. Indeed, I have been heartened to learn of the extremely positive experience of patients and service users today.”

The Rapid Response Team works closely with hospital Consultants and GPs to determine the treatments required to maintain patients in their local community. Treatments delivered by the team include blood transfusions, intravenous antibiotics and palliative care.

Chairman of the Western Trust, Gerard Guckian, said: “The Western Trust’s Rapid Response Nursing team is now a well-established community based service providing real benefits for patients in terms of acute nursing care treatments and interventions. The community based service reduces the length of stay for patients in hospitals and reduces admissions to hospital and demand for long term care. The service is a sterling example of Transforming Your Care in action. It offers greater patient choice and allows the patient to receive treatments in the comfort of their own home. The first Rapid Response Clinical Intervention Centre was opened at the Tyrone County Hospital in June 2013. This allows the local population to travel to the hospital to have their treatments and go home on the same day thus preventing the patient from having to travel to an alternate acute hospital. The Western Trust plans to provide two further intervention centres in the future with one located in Fermanagh and the other in Londonderry.”

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