We have established a nurse-led home visiting service to support GPs in providing care close to home at the right time during practice hours. There are six advanced nurse practitioners working in the team covering all 12 GP practices in Erewash.

Referrals into the service are made by patients who ring their GP practice with symptoms that require a home visit or have requested a home visit. A team member visits the patient in their home on the same day, thereby avoiding an unnecessary referral to hospital if the patient’s GP could not have seen the patient due to other practice commitments.

Patient benefits are that they are seen earlier in the day, start their treatment sooner and through this support may prevent hospital admissions. Advanced nurse practitioners are able to prescribe medication meaning patients get the treatment they need much earlier than they might otherwise. The team is enabled with mobile working and full access to the primary care patient records. This enables the record to be accessed and written while the nurse is with the patient.

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