How practices can provide services to intermediate care patients

Providing GP services to intermediate care sites can improve patient care and provide practices with new sources of income, a poster presented at the RCGP annual conference explained.

Brownlow Health in Liverpool provides pro-active primary care to intermediate care sites in the city. 

GPs from the practice visit each site three times a week in order to pre-empt medical problems from escalating, reduce re-admission rates and improve confidence and communication between care staff and the medical team.

GP partner Dr Ian Pawson presented the results of this work as a poster at this year's RCGP annual conference, which he explains below.

The service now covers 100 in-patient intermediate care beds across four sites and has in excess of 45-50 patients admitted per month.

The practice has introduced a pharmacist and prescribing clerks/administrative support, as well as introducing new pathways and remote technology.

As a result of the scheme there has been:

  • Significant improvement in number of patients having admission letters sent out to GP (52% to 92%)
  • Improved number of pharmacist-led medication reviews on admission (37% to 96%)
  • Maintaining high standards of record keeping for risk areas such as transmission of prescriptions between practice and pharmacy.

View the abstracts of all of the posters displayed at this year's RCGP annual conference

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