Team expands to help reduce hospital admissions

Immediate Response Team:'L-R - Kirsten McDivitt, Care Manager 1/ occupational therapy assistant; Alan Brown, mental health care professional, Audrey Knott, social worker; Maureen Evans, team manager, Susan Allen, occupational therapist and Val Barrow, occupational therapist.
Immediate Response Team:'L-R - Kirsten McDivitt, Care Manager 1/ occupational therapy assistant; Alan Brown, mental health care professional, Audrey Knott, social worker; Maureen Evans, team manager, Susan Allen, occupational therapist and Val Barrow, occupational therapist.

An emergency care service that was trialled at four GP surgeries in Morpeth and Bedlington has been rolled out across south east Northumberland.

The Immediate Response Teams provide support for people with a sudden illness, medical condition or change in circumstance to stay at home instead of going to hospital.

They aim to respond within two hours of a call and can provide equipment or arrange short-term care support. The teams’ involvement usually lasts up to 72 hours.

The service is a joint initiative between Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council. To request its help call 01670 536400.