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Community matron service helps patients stay at home

A rapid response service led by community matrons is helping to reduce GP callouts and emergency hospital admissions across Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland

A rapid response service led by community matrons is helping to reduce GP callouts and emergency hospital admissions across Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland.

South Tees NHS Foundation Trust’s rapid response service was initially launched three years ago to enable nurses and therapists to assess patients in their own homes. The service has been further enhanced with the addition of 18 community matrons. The matrons have advanced clinical skills, including nurse prescribing, and particular expertise in managing patients with long-term conditions. The community matrons cover the Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland area, and since their introduction, GP referrals to the service have risen from three to 16 per month.

Community matrons Angela Wells (left) and Claire Patchett

‘We have seen a big increase in referrals,’ says Val Gair, the trust’s head of nursing for integrated medical care.‘The GPs have a lot of confidence in the community matrons as

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