COMMERCIAL: Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group is analysing the findings of a pilot scheme which involved the London Ambulance Service treating some patients in their own homes instead of taking them to hospital.

Co-responder teams comprising of an advanced nurse practitioner and a paramedic has been assessing, diagnosing and treating patients at home over the winter.

The pilot was introduced for “category C” patients – those with a non-critical health condition – where an ambulance attendance would usually result in the patients being transported to hospital and subsequently admitted.

CCG interim chief officer Tonia Michaelides said: “The aim of the pilot was to shift non-critical care from the acute sector to the out of hospital community health team and reduce the number of ‘category C’ call patients transferred to hospital.”