New out of hours service launched in Angus

SIDE New out of hours service launched

A new service which provides a flexible, multi-disciplinary approach to overnight care has been launched in Angus.

The new Integrated Overnight Service in Angus (IONA) commenced on 1 April, seeing patients at home in addition to the service centre in Arbroath.

The nurse-led service, which is based in the Minor Injury & Illness Unit (MIIU) and Primary Care Emergency Centre (PCEC) at Arbroath Infirmary, works in partnership with the MIIU staff and the out of hours GPs.

This is an evolving service, which the IONA team will enhance and develop over the next few months.

Gail Smith, Head of Community Health and Care Services for Angus HSCP, said, “In the first two weeks of the service, the IONA nurses have seen 74 patients, the majority of which were assessed by the IONA nurses in their own homes with a few people being assessed in the Arbroath MIIU.

“Working in partnership with other out of hours staff means that patients who need overnight care in Angus will be seen by the right person, at the right time and in the right place.”

Dr Steve Pegg, out of hours GP, said, “Having worked with the new IONA Service, I believe that this is a significant improvement over the previous arrangements and this gives us the ability to respond to the most urgent calls more swiftly, delivering a better, faster service to the patients using this service.”

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