Paramedic-led home visiting service in Wokingham

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A group of GP practices in Wokingham, Berkshire are to provide a better and more responsive service for their patients. Their teams of health professionals are working with other health and care services to manage the many different needs of their patients. This includes a service where patients that need an urgent home visit are quickly seen by a paramedic to understand what further support or treatment is needed with patients with the most complex needs are seen by their GP.  These prompt home visits have increased the number of patients that can be managed at home, reducing the number of people needing to go to hospital with one patient saying: “I was happy to be seen so quickly and the paramedic assured me there was no concern.” GPs have more time to spend with patients with complex needs and closer working and earlier involvement of social services and community teams means patient get a better service, specific to their needs.