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

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  • Posted by RCox August 23, 2019 at 15:22

    I think that this links very well with Occupational Therapy partnerships with QAS. There is great scope for enhanced paramedic roles and partnerships to enable them to prevent emergency department presentations and to link patients with complex non urgent needs to the most appropriate care in the right place at the right time (ie not at a hospital).
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