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Improved home visits in Waterlooville

GP practices across the Waterlooville area have joined forces with other healthcare professionals to improve the existing home visiting service.

Specialist paramedic/nurse practitioners from South Central Ambulance Service will be working alongside GPs to carry out home visits and improve the levels of care given to patients. The service was launched June 14.

The four practices involved are Queenswood Surgery, London Road, Waterlooville; Vine Medical Group, Waterlooville; Cowplain Family Practice and Denmead Health Centre.

Patients should continue to contact their GP surgery to request a home visit. Your GPs will review your request and may arrange a visit from a uniformed paramedic/nurse to visit you. The team are working as an extension of the services offered by your local GP and will work closely with the GPs, keeping in contact at all times during the provision of care.

The new service comes as part of the Better Local Care initiative which aims to improve residents’ access to a wider range of services closer to home.

As a result, practices will be able to carry out home visits in a more timely way and support patients in managing their own health and well-being.

Dr Duncan Pickup, Chair of Waterlooville Better Local Care Locality, said, “This is a really positive step forward for GPs and patients; it means that we can provide more localised care in a smoother, more efficient and timely way.”

“We recognise that it is going to take time to communicate these changes to our patients locally, we welcome feedback from our patients regarding this service and are working to gather specific feedback. We are confident that the new improved service will provide better local care for our patients.

This scheme has been trialled successfully over the last few weeks. We will continue to monitor and review how it is going in the coming months and welcome all feedback.”