New service continues to develop

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The Angus See and Treat Service is in its fourth year and continues to develop and deliver an improved local service to all Angus communities.

See and Treat is a two-person team consisting of a paramedic and a minor injury and illness nurse practitioner.

The team provides a mobile out-of-hours service between 9.15 pm and 8 am in a rapid response 4x4 vehicle which is equipped with the same life-saving equipment as a normal ambulance.

The service is delivered jointly by Angus Community Health Partnership (CHP) and the Scottish Ambulance Service and was first launched in 2008, initially covering Brechin, Montrose and Forfar.

The service has now expanded to cover all of Angus.

Acting as a first responder to predominately Category B and C calls to the Ambulance Service, See and Treat has received 3887 calls since its launch and the team has treated 74% of the patients in their own homes.

Calls from members of the public can range from respiratory problems to falls and viral infections with the highest number of calls relating to abdominal complaints.

By combining the advanced skills of these health professionals a wide range of non life-threatening illnesses and physical injuries can be diagnosed and treated within the patient’s own home.

More than 320 patients attended by the See and Treat team avoided being seen at the Accident & Emergency Department at Ninewells as they were admitted directly to the hospital’s medical or surgical wards.

In March 2011 the service expanded and took on the duties of the overnight District Nursing Service including providing services for palliative patients overnight.

Since taking over this additional role, the team have seen 140 palliative care patients, helping to support them at home with pain management, symptom control and the setting up or renewal of pain relief syringe drivers.