Success for Norfolk EIV

Norfolk EIV

Hundreds have received extra support from a project to help Norfolk patients who have suffered a fall.

The Early Intervention Vehicle (EIV) was launched in February as part of a scheme between EEAST and Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C).

In the first four months of the pilot project, senior emergency medical technicians (EMT) and occupational therapists were dispatched to almost 300 patients in North Norfolk, South Norfolk and Norwich.

And thanks to the care provided at home, more than 60% of those patients did not require transport to hospital – helping get patients the care they need without a visit to hospital and helping to reduce hospital admissions.

The project also gives patients help and support to help avoid falls in the future.

Terry Hicks, EEAST Sector Head for Norfolk and Waveney, said: β€œIn the first few months of EIV we have reduced 999 responses to elderly falls patients, reduced emergency admissions, and repeat fallers are falling less. Well done to all the EEAST and NCH&C staff involved.

The partnership with the community health trust has also had a positive response from patients and carers as they have received rapid referrals for extra or enhanced packages of care and social care where required.”

Published 13th July, 2017

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