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“I asked if I could go home and have the IV treatment but as there was nowhere for me to have the treatment I had to stay in hospital. It seems ridiculous that I was taking up a hospital bed when I didn’t need to. I would have been happy to travel to Doddington Hospital three or four times a day to have the treatment I needed as it is only up the road. It would have meant the hospital had a bed they could use for someone who really needed it, and I would have been happier recovering at home.” March resident Trevor, who spent eight days in hospital due to an insect bite 

A number of health conditions leave patients prone to skin infections, such as diabetics suffering leg infections.  Treatment requires a course of antibiotics administered intravenously (by a drip).

At present when patients suffer a skin infection, they are often admitted to hospital for five to seven days in order that they can be administered antibiotics three times a day.   This is inconvenient for patients and expensive for the NHS. A further benefit for diabetics is avoiding secondary infections as hospital inpatients, such as urinary tract infections during their hospital stay.

Community nurses provided with one to two days training could deliver intravenous therapy for patients suffering a skin infection either at the patient’s home or locally at the Minor Injury Unity or GPs.

This change would free up hospital beds, save money, and deliver a better patient outcome.  It is illogical that this change has not yet been made given that the Clinical Commissioning Group which pays for training community nurses also pays for the more expensive hospital stays.

We call on the Clinical Commissioning Group to recruit and train sufficient community nurses to be based in North East Cambridgeshire to administer intravenous therapy locally in the home or other local locations convenient for patients.