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Enhanced model of care at Alnwick Infirmary

Wednesday, 09 July, 2014
Enhanced model of care at Alnwick Infirmary

 A new model of expert nursing care is to be introduced at Alnwick Infirmary from next month.

Highly-skilled senior nurses – called nurse practitioners – who have undergone additional training to perform an advanced role are to work on Ward 1, complementing the existing ward team and providing an enhanced service to patients.

The two nurse practitioners, who have many years’ experience working elsewhere in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, will offer specialist support to staff and consultant physician Dr James Morton who is resident on the ward two days a week.

The nurses will be able to diagnose, assess and review patients, order tests and treatment and prescribe medications.

The highly-successful model is already in operation across Northumbria Healthcare’s hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside and will be implemented at Alnwick Infirmary from November 1.

This follows discussions with NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure new arrangements are in place when the current contract with Infirmary Drive Medical Group comes to an end on October 31, and means patients will experience no disruption to services.

GPs from Infirmary Drive Medical Group will continue to provide their support at the hospital’s minor injuries unit which is also led by highly-skilled nurse practitioners.

Julie Button, modern matron at Alnwick Infirmary, said: “We are pleased that two highly-experienced nurses are joining our ward team in Alnwick and that patients will experience no disruption to services.

“They bring with them many years of experience of providing high-quality personalised care to patients and will be an asset to the team.

“By having the nurse practitioners based on the ward during the day, our patients – many of whom are frail and elderly – will continue to receive the very best service with prompt assessment and review.

“We’re very pleased that we will be continuing to work with our GP partners at Infirmary Drive who will still be providing support to our minor injuries unit team.”

Ward 1 at Alnwick Infirmary provides rehabilitation, discharge planning and support for patients who have been admitted to hospital for a range of acute medical conditions. It provides specialist rehabilitation for those who have suffered a stroke, as well as palliative care much closer to people’s homes.

The team of nurses and healthcare assistants are supported by multi-disciplinary teams made up of therapists, social workers and care managers.

Dr Robin Hudson, business director for quality and engagement at NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are pleased that arrangements have now been put in place to ensure continuity of services at Alnwick Infirmary and that local people have access to the highest possible quality of care.”