A new NHS contract to provide treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) has been awarded to GP Care.
The contract will bring together five different pathways into one service for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and see the full care pathway take place outside of a hospital setting.
Dr David Peel, Clinical Lead for Planned Care at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
We are delighted to award GP Care this contract and bring together different care pathways across the area. The new service will provide consistent care for patients and a cost effective service. Patients will no longer have to go into hospitals to have a DVT scan because a number of GP premises in the area will be able to offer the service, often closer to home.
DVT clinics will be available at locations throughout Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to make it as easy as possible for patients to receive treatment. The service will still be accessed through your own GP practice and we would encourage anyone with symptoms of DVT to see your GP as soon as possible.
Annie Kelly, Clinical Director at GP Care, said:
We are really pleased to have the opportunity to extend our successful community DVT model across the whole of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and will continue to work closely with the local hospitals and GPs to ensure a seamless and efficient service for patients. Recent advances in anticoagulation have revolutionised the care of patients with DVT and supported the shift of care from hospital to community.
The new contract was approved by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Governing Body and the new service will start on 1 May 2019.
DVT can affect anyone and around 1 in every 1,000 people in the UK will develop DVT each year. DVT often occurs when taking a long-distance journey of 6 hours or more by plane, train or car. You can take steps to avoid getting DVT by drinking plenty of water, performing simple leg exercises and taking regular walking breaks.
You can also decrease your risk of developing DVT by not smoking, eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight.
The symptoms of DVT include pain, swelling and a heavy ache in your leg. See your GP as soon as possible if you experience these symptoms.