3 Sep 2018
Our charity’s Physician Response Unit (PRU), delivered in partnership with Barts Health NHS Trust and London Ambulance Service, has been nominated for a prestigious HSJ Award. The service has been shortlisted in the category of ‘Improvement in Emergency and Urgent Care’, which recognises and celebrates initiatives to improve patient experience in emergency and urgent care.
The PRU has been shortlisted for its work to bring the Emergency Department to the patient. 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, meaning many avoid a trip to hospital.
The service became a 12 hours a day, 7 days a week service for the first time last year, thanks to funding from Tower Hamlets Together. In its first six months since being remodeled, the PRU treated over 1000 patients, 68% of which were able to be discharged in their community.
Dr Tony Joy, Clinical Lead for the PRU, said: “Patients are at the heart of everything we do. The aim of the PRU is not only to provide fast and effective treatment where it is needed, but to drastically improve patient wellbeing and overall experience by treating them where they feel most comfortable. We are humbled to see the hard work of the team, and the impact made by this innovative collaboration, recognised by being shortlisted for a HSJ Award.”
The HSJ Awards are the world’s largest celebratory gathering for the healthcare sector, and are considered a ‘benchmark in excellence in healthcare.’ The awards celebrate the great projects, organisations and people behind the health service. The team from the PRU will present to the judging panel ahead of the awards ceremony on the 21st November, taking place at Intercontinental London at The O2.