Plan to target most frail OAPs aims to cut Northampton A&E numbers by 15 per cent

Accident and Emergency at Northampton General Hospital
Accident and Emergency at Northampton General Hospital
  • A&E numbers to fall by 3.5 per cent this year
  • Northamptonshire has a ‘distressed health economy’
  • There is ‘an over-reliance on residential and nursing care’

Numbers of patients turning up at emergency departments in Northamptonshire will decrease by 15 per cent in the next four years, health bosses have promised.

The figure would mean that Northampton General Hospital would see 14,887 less people in its A&E department each month by 2020.

We will identify individuals at risk of admission to hospital or institutional care

NHS Nene spokesman

NHS Nene, the trust that covers all Northamptonshire bar Corby, said one of its big schemes starting this year would see it identify elderly people likely to need emergency hospital treatment and use GPs and other community staff to intervene.

A spokesman said: “Collaborative Care Teams (CCTs) would initially focus on proactive care and care co-ordination of people aged 75 and over.

“The core CCTs will work closely with primary care practices identifying individuals at risk of admission to hospital or institutional care.

“The teams will comprise dedicated GP, nursing, care management and pharmacy input.”

NHS Nene said Northamptonshire is one of 11 “distressed health economies” in the country with a high number of unscheduled admissions to hospitals and a high level of delayed transfers of care.

The trust said Northamptonshire has been targeted because services in the community “are not able to meet demand and are not well integrated and co-ordinated.”

In particular, it says, there is not enough intermediate care and home care and an “over-reliance on residential and nursing care”.

The targets aim to see numbers of A&E patients fall by 3.5 per cent this year, and 12 per cent by April 2019.