Community matrons play a valuable role
Community matrons can and are cutting acute admission rates and much of Professor Boaden's argument is out of date.
Having initially been a sceptic, I am now a convert. Our present community matron has been in post just over a year and over this period our acute admission rate has dropped drastically.
I cannot believe this is a coincidence.
Other practices in our locality have had similar experiences.
Community matrons will never cut admissions where they are parachuted into inappropriate and unsupportive environments, but given the right back-up, they have a major contribution to make in keeping patients out of hospital.
From Dr Andy McElligott, Bradford