Triage nurse scheme pioneered in Durham may form a new model for long term care

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A County Durham care home is being used as the centrepiece for a scheme that may change the face of long term care in the UK. The Portland care home in Willington near Durham City is said to be the first care home to have what has been termed a “triage” nurse whose full-time role is to fill the gap between the local GP and the home¹s caring staff. The focus of attention is nurse Catherine Ormerod who is employed by the local Primary Care Trust (PCT) but works on a full time basis at the privately owned Portland care home. Portland Care Group owner Alison Morgan described the appointment of a triage nurse as one of the most radical steps ever taken within social services. “It finally means that everyone is working together in a co-ordinated fashion for the well-being of residents in care homes like ours across the country,” Mrs Morgan said. “It also takes the strain off local GPs and district nurses who are under a heavy workload of patients.” Mrs Ormerod, who has been a qualified nurse for more than 30 years

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