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How employing a paramedic solved our recruitment problem


I have always maintained that about 70 % of home visits are inappropriate due to various factors and wasting valuable time that could be spent in the surgery seeing more patients. Following a training paramedic attachment to my practice last year, who proved to be excellent, I suggested that we should employ him permanently. As funding was an issue we could employ him only for 2 days a week. Those 2 days are just "bliss" as he does all the visits from 10am to 6pm which frees the doctors from having to rush around visiting the acutely and chronically ill. He does all the routine assessments for the elderly, mental health and memory assessments for those who are housebound and in rest or nursing homes. This means the doctors are able to conduct the consultations in a relaxed manner and all the admin chores are completed effectively. We are now looking for paramedics for the other 3 days. The only stumbling block is that the ambulance service are not happy about losing them to general practice and imposing some strict contracts which can result in the paramedics paying back the ambulance service thousands of pounds for the training they had.

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25 Aug 2015

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