A practice in Shanklin on the Island has been trialling the support of a paramedic in practice to help fulfil on-the-day demand and home visits for patients. The paramedic sees book on the day patients first thing in the morning, mainly minor illness and surgery, and is then assigned appropriate home visits by the GPs in practice. He is supported by a GP and discusses all patients he sees as well as having a GP mentor to help support him and structure his learning.
Dr Oliver Cule, GP at Shanklin Medical Centre said: “Patients have benefited as home visits can be done earlier in the day and he has decreased GP home visits freeing up their time to spend on other duties and roles they have in practice. He has also helped reduce the pressure on the on-call doctor by reducing the need for face-face patient appointments.” To read more about how this is working click on the case study here: