The goal of these services is, wherever possible, to stop people from having to go into hospital. Two community intervention service teams work across Suffolk, with one based in the east and one in the west. They work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In the east the Crisis Action Team (CAT) and CAT-plus work closely with Ipswich Hospital Trust, social care and voluntary organisations to offer intensive support to patients who are able to leave hospital but need extra care. In the west of the county the Admission Prevention Service nurses work with the Early Intervention Team at the West Suffolk Hospital to offer a similar service.
Typical tasks include giving intravenous antibiotics, managing patients who are at risk of developing thrombosis, giving vital timed drugs, dealing with blocked catheters, delivering extra pain relief to people who are at the end of their life; and advanced wound care.
Our Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease team also works within admission prevention. This team works to improve the lives of people with this disabling condition, especially through the use of therapy and exercise to help them stay at home and manage their illness.