New home IV therapy launched at Tameside Hospital
Tuesday 29th August 2017 @ 11:51 by Lee Wild
Ashton Health Tameside

A new service has been launched by Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust that could significantly improve the patient experience.

Community Intravenous (IV) Therapy allows drugs such as antibiotics to be delivered at home, saving patients lengthy trips to outpatient clinics.

The service, which was rolled out in Tameside and Glossop on Friday (18 August) has already seen an increase in referrals.

It’s come as part of the borough-wide ‘Care Together’ programme, which is a collaboration between the council, hospital and clinical commissioning group.

The programme aims to improve the health and care service across the borough by redesigning services for patients and keeping them out of hospital through better community services, improved access to information and early intervention.

Over 50 healthcare professionals from across Tameside and Glossop attended a special ‘launch’ event at the hospital campus on Friday 18th August, which marks the full roll out of this initiative.

Karen James, chief executive of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care, the organisation that runs Tameside Hospital said: “Care Together, which is our joint venture with the local authority and CCG aims to improve the health and care services across the borough. This means looking at how we can completely redesign services that will benefit patients and, where possible, prevent hospital admissions. The IV therapy service is our next initiative in a long line of service improvements, which also includes our new digital health service and extensive care programme.”

James Garside, 40, a telecoms engineer has already benefited from home IV therapy.

Having already experienced having to travel everyday for two weeks to receive IV antibiotics, he was delighted to find that Tameside were now offering the treatment at home. He said: “I was delighted to learn that my local NHS, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT had developed a new service where my intravenous antibiotics could be given to me in the comfort of my own home.

“I was really pleased. This meant that I could work from home and spend valuable time with my family, which was a huge benefit to me and my family and a significant improvement on my previous experience.”