All community matrons in Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland have now been trained to administer intravenous antibiotics, meaning more patients can be treated at home.
Under the scheme, IV antibiotics are now available in the community for patients with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis – where lung airways become abnormally widened and damaged leading to recurrent chest infections – provided they meet certain criteria.
The move will save some patients having to spend 14 days in hospital up to three times a year for IV treatment and will also free up beds, according to South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The service has been introduced as part of South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group’s IMProVE (Integrated Management and Proactive Care for the Vulnerable and Elderly) programme.
Through the programme, the CCG aims to improve health services for vulnerable and elderly patients by investing in community services to enable more patients to be treated closer to home.
Tees matrons giving IV antibiotics to patients at home
The future aim is to offer IV antibiotic treatment at home to other patients with chronic lung disease in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
Julie Stevens from South Tees CCG, said: “Our IMProVE programme was introduced to offer patients the opportunity to access services in their home or as close to their home as possible.”
Dr George Antunes, a consultant respiratory physician at the trust, added: “We are the second hospital trust in the region to introduce this service for patients with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis.
“The first two doses of antibiotics are administered in hospital to make sure there are no side effects and then the rest of the IV antibiotic treatment is given at home by the community matron team,” he said.