This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

pul jul aug2020 cover 80x101px
Read the latest issue online

Independents' Day

Summer of confusion in store over MMR

Dr Hilary Entwistle is backing plans that could see some of her patients given indicative budgets of up to £1,000 to help manage their chronic conditions.

The plans, part of an initiative by Lewisham PCT, south-east London, are designed to prevent hospital admissions by allowing patients, in consultation with case managers, to buy unconventional equipment to help ease symptoms and improve quality of life.

Dr Entwistle, a GP in Catford, who was involved in identifying patients with the most admissions, said examples could include buying a reclining chair to ease leg swellings, or air conditioning to help COPD.

'It's a project we would hope to use within practice-based commissioning as a way of preventing recurrent admissions,' she said.

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say