Keeping patients out of hospital

Local patients with cellulitis are being kept out of hospital, thanks to a new innovative service that has been launched by the local NHS.

The new service means that patients can be treated in the local community rather than being admitted to hospital. It is available between 8am and 7pm, seven days a week, and delivered by specialist nursing staff within the new Primary Care Unit at King’s Mill Hospital.

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection which leads to inflammation of the skin and tissues.

In cases of serious infection, patients need antibiotics through a drip which previously required a short stay in hospital.

The first patient to benefit from the service was Marcus Coulam, (64), from Farnsfield, who has praised its convenience and the quality of care received. In 2010, Marcus had spent a week in hospital with his condition.

Val Blackmore, Service Lead from NHS Nottinghamshire County said: “It’s great that we can offer such innovative and high quality services to the local community.

“Whilst improving services for patients, this also helps to keep the local NHS healthy by reducing the number of admissions to hospital that are often unnecessary and costly.”

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