Specialist care in the home for ACC patients

Nurses Chrissie Lewis, Caroline Vanstone and Ruth Haynes will be treating Western Bay of Plenty patients with injuries covered by ACC who need care in the home.

Western Bay of Plenty patients needing medical treatment in their home for injuries covered by ACC can now be referred by their GP to the Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation’s Health and Wellness Services team.

The service complements existing ACC nursing contracts and provides GPs and patients with additional choice.

The WBOP PHO team includes experienced nurse practitioners Caroline Vanstone and Ruth Haynes and specialist wound care nurse Chrissie Lewis who are designated ACC providers.

Medical care in the home is often required for injuries covered by ACC when patients are physically unable to travel to their GP, require care outside GP opening hours or when the nursing care requirements are complex.

WBOP PHO services team leader Philippa Jones says the service is free for patients, and those referred to the team will benefit from comprehensive heatlhcare in other areas.

“We can add value by looking after the whole person, not just the injury they are being treated for. For example, if a person also has diabetes we can offer advice and other specialist resources for managing their condition, because that may accelerate wound healing and speed up their recovery time.”

Chrissie has been a nurse for more than 40 years and has worked in hospital emergency departments as well as providing specialist wound care in the community.

Caroline and Ruth are two of three nurse practitioners in the Health and Wellness Services team.

Nurse practitioners are expert nurses who consult in a similar way to a doctor, and can assess, order tests and diagnose, as well as provide health advice and education. Unlike other nurses, they are also able to prescribe medicines.

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