5 Mar 2018

The charity is delighted to announce that our service's Physician Response Unit (PRU) has been shortlisted for a prestigious HSJ Value Award in the Emergency, Urgent and Trauma Care category.

Taking the Emergency Department to the patient, the remodelled PRU was launched in September 2017, extending the service to operate 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Staffed with a senior emergency doctor and an Emergency Ambulance Crew in the car, the clinical experience of the medics enables the PRU team to treat a wider range of illnesses and injuries at scene compared to ambulance crews which take many emergency patients to hospital.

The HSJ Value awards recognises improved value and efficiency in healthcare, and this award category honours the individuals, organisations and local health economies finding innovative ways to deliver better emergency, urgent and trauma care.

In its first 111 days of extended service the PRU achieved the following;

 

  • Of 652 patients treated, 449 patients were treated in the community. Of these, 312 would otherwise have been taken to the Emergency Department at hospital.
  • 97.35% of patients said that they were likely to recommend the service.
  • An estimated £410,938 was saved by health services.

 

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in June. 

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