Proud of our Practice: Practice aids elderly to stay put
Elderly patients in nursing homes are being kept out of hospital by an innovative nurse practitioner-led surgery in County Durham.
The practice, set up following a severe local shortage of GPs, uses case management techniques for high-risk and chronically-ill older people in nursing and residential homes to maintain independence, comfort and quality of life.
Belinda Kay, second left, a nurse practitioner at the surgery, said patients stay healthier for longer when they are treated in the 'least invasive' setting and nursing home staff relate better to nurse practitioners than visiting GPs too.
'Our approach helps minimise avoidable or overlong hospital stays,' she said.
Dr Esben Sorensen, a salaried GP at the practice, said the nurse-run team had lower tensions than a GP-led practice.
'The team works well together and we have a lot of fun,' he said.