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Skelmersdale Care home links up with surgery

Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale has committed to a new collaborative working scheme with a local GP surgery to enhance the services it offers.

The scheme means that residents at Birch Green receive regular visits from nurses and doctors as part of the enhanced care home scheme with Beacon Primary Care practice which covers the area.

The partnership includes regular case reviews and “ward rounds” by senior clinicians to review care, joint training and update sessions which all helps to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital and address current problems.

Vicky Sudworth, General Manager of Birch Green, said: “Care of the elderly can be complex and this scheme means we have regular checks from qualified clinicians which can prevent an admission to hospital being necessary and provide a wider care service with qualified clinical support when we need it.”

The GP surgery has full electronic access to medical records at Birch Green which makes its network available with the surgery providing IT hardware. This means safer prescribing, no paperwork, instant access to results and less lost information.

Other features of the service being planned include video consultation, shared roles between the practice and care homes, online medical record access and wider integration and real time advice with hospital specialists, mental health team and social services.

Birch Green Care Home was recently assessed by representatives from Healthwatch Lancashire to gather the views of residents, staff and relatives on standards of care and services and gave it the highest rating of Green possible in its traffic light system.

It follows a rating from the industry assessors Care Quality Commission which awarded the home a ‘good’ rating, with inspectors making particular note of the commitment of staff.

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