Paramedics as GP liason officers
Have a role for paramedics at GP clinics that includes:
- on road paramedics can take low acuity patients there, hand over to the paramedic (practitioner?) who will either assess and treat the patient AND/OR refer to the GP in consultation with the GP.
- provide a service to GPs when they have a patient needing an ambulance for transport to hospital: advice on coding and appropriateness and look after the patient while waiting for QAS.
These paramedics can provide an important liason role between QHealth, QAS and GPs and can facilitate a feedback loop between all parties to ensure more patients are treated by GPs instead of hospital EDs when appropriate.
Why the contribution is important
The best way to reduce unnecessary presentations at hospital EDs is to have appropriate patients treated by GPs instead.
On road paramedics now face the difficult decision to leave a patient at home if they don't need to go to hospital because the alternative (seeing a GP) is not available to them.
GPs and paramedics are uniquely placed to keep patients out of hospital EDs if they work TOGETHER.
by adoolaard on August 20, 2019 at 12:19PM