Volunteers needed for NHS Infection Monitoring Pilot Scheme
6th October 2016
NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group is running a year-long pilot scheme designed to prevent emergency admissions due to infections. The pilot is already underway but they are still looking for volunteers needed for the scheme.
The pilot trains people at risk and/or someone supporting them, to regularly monitor for the early signs of infection to try and prevent them becoming seriously unwell and possibly going in to hospital.
Participants are trained to take breathing, pulse, urine dip test and temperature observations and record this on a simple website. The website works out how at risk of deterioration from infection you or the person you support is and gives advice on the right action to take. If results indicate a high risk, a text is automatically sent to a clinician who will make phone contact with you to check the situation and make sure action is taken to obtain a diagnosis and treatment.
The scheme is being delivered by charity Northamptonshire Carers and company called Miralife, founded by Garry Swann, a senior clinician with over 30 years’ experience working in hospitals. Miralife tested the pilot in Warwickshire over five years with a 90% reduction in hospital admission in this cohort.
• Recurrent UTI/Respiratory Infections and/or
• Have had hospital admission due to infection in the past 12 months