More patients needing intravenous antibiotics treated at home thanks to the success of innovative Cwm Taf project
Cwm Taf University Health Board is helping more patients who need intravenous antibiotics to be treated at home instead of in hospital as its innovative project enters its third year.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners Karen Regan, Jacqui Morgan and Hannah Armah-Ofoe at Cwm Taf University Health Board are delighted with the Intravenous Antibiotic(IV) service they, together with district nurses have provided for patients in the comfort of their own homes that otherwise would have led to a longer stay in hospital.
The service that was put in place three years ago has so far helped 106 patients to continue with their daily lives rather than a longer stay in hospital.
The team of nurses at the Health Board provide two services in the community, the community IV service - which is where a patient is in hospital only requiring IV antibiotic therapy can be discharged earlier and the virtual ward which is also known as the community ward, this is where the team provide a maximum eight week care coordination, support and education package for those patients that have been referred from hospitals and need further care in the community.
Karen Regan, Advanced Nurse Practitioner said: “Patients can now choose to have the service closer to home – if they can go home and have this service they do better. Patients are known to eat better and sleep better, and they also have less chance of picking up infections.
“From a community ward point of view the service is about managing patients at home when they have previously been sent into hospital and their needs are complex”.
Lewis Thomas from Merthyr Tydfil a previous patient at the Health Board said: “I needed IV antibiotics daily for five weeks. If it wasn’t for the service provided by the Health Board not only would I have had to stay in hospital for five weeks but it would have meant me having time off work.
“The nurses arranged it for me to have my treatment in the evenings so my daily routine was not affected at all and I was able to continue working without any problems”.
The Health Board also runs a community intravenous clinic for the convenience of the community where patients that have been referred to them can make an appointment and go along to Keir Hardie Health Park (Monday-Friday) and Ysbyty Cwm Cynon (Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays).This service is subject to referral and appointment.
Jacqui Morgan, Advanced Nurse Practitioner said: “The new clinic will enable us to offer a service to more patients in the community. It will give patients an alternative to the service currently delivered at home”.
Source: Cwm Taf University Health Board