Paramedics working with GPs in the community

Mythe and Church Street GP surgeries in Tewkesbury and St Paul’s in Cheltenham have partnered with the South Western Ambulance Service on an innovative scheme to treat patients in their community.

Paramedics are working alongside the practices to carry out urgent home visits meaning patients are seen more quickly by skilled staff trained to an advanced level.

The St Paul’s service started in July last year with the emergency care practitioners supporting the on-call GP and carrying out 5 to 6 visits a day. In Tewkesbury, it began in December, seeing around 7 patients a day.

The scheme will soon be evaluated with a view to developing it further for the benefit of patients.