Team to improve A&E services


Skegness area patients travelling to the A&E department at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston can expect to see an improved service.

A new 10-strong team of Acute Care Practitioners (ACPs) will enable faster assessment and treatment to patients who attend the department with minor complaints and injuries.

The service includes a specialist team of ACPs, from a variety of healthcare backgrounds, who have been specially trained in this area.

The ACPs will be on hand seven days a week during the department’s busiest times. They will be able to provide a dedicated service to patients who attend the department with complaints such as sprains, fractures, soft tissue injuries and eye problems.

In addition to this, they will also be able to treat patients who are admitted with minor illnesses, freeing up doctors in the department to deal with patients with more life-threatening conditions.

Janine Rennie-Lovley, Acute Care Practitioner, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant difference to the patient’s experience within the emergency department. By promptly assessing our patient’s needs we can initiate essential therapy and request investigations in a timely fashion. This will minimise any stress and discomfort experienced by our patients, in addition to reducing their overall waiting time in the department.”

The ACPs will also work in with staff in the Ambulatory Emergency Care unit, provides urgent same day treatment for patients so that they don’t have to be admitted to hospital.