Community DVT service which takes care closer to patients in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire up for award

  • 03 March 2020

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A specialist community-based service for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) has received national recognition for delivering better care closer to patient’s homes.

BNSSG Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) moved DVT services out of hospitals to eight specialist treatment centres in communities across the area in May 2019, reducing the need for patients to have to travel to hospital.

The centres are run by GP Care, a community-based social enterprise which was commissioned by BNSSG CCG to work with local GPs to provide treatment for DVT patients.

The initiative has been so successful it has been shortlisted for a national NHS award by the medical publication Health Service Journal (HSJ).

Since it was introduced last year, the service has resulted in better health outcomes and higher levels of patient satisfaction. It has also released capacity in local hospitals and GP surgeries, as well as reducing the number of total referrals from GPs as closer working with community-based DVT specialists has led to greater accuracy in initial diagnoses by GPs.

Dr David Peel, Clinical Lead for Planned Care at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We are delighted that the new service has been so successful. The new pathway has improved patient access to services and ensured a consistent offer to the people of BNSSG, while also proving to be a more efficient and cost effective model for the NHS.

“Being shortlisted for this award is a testament to the success of this community-based model and we hope to replicate it in the future by moving more services closer to people’s homes.”

DVT is a blood clot that develops within a deep vein, usually in the leg, and can affect anyone. One in every 1,000 people in the UK develops it each year, typically occurring when taking long-distance journeys of six hours or more with little movement.

The service has been shortlisted for a HSJ Value Award in the ‘System or Commissioner Led Service Redesign Initiative’ category. The winner will be announced on 21 May 2020 at an awards ceremony in Manchester.

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