Buxted GP surgery sets up ambulance scheme

East Sussex Royal Ambulance Service
East Sussex Royal Ambulance Service
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A GP surgery is running an ambulance service to help get patients to see medical professionals.

The service, run by Buxted Medical Centre, consists of two ambulances and has been named the East Sussex Royal Ambulance Service.

Dr Jim Oliver, GP at Buxted Medical Centre, said: “It is all about medicine closer to home. It was born out of living in a very rural area. Ambulance times are getting longer.

“We are trying to reduce hospital admissions.”

Dr Oliver said the scheme was about getting infirm patients to the surgery.

“A lot of doctors call outs are a waste of time in terms of what we can actually achieve,” he added.

“We are working hand in hand with the CCG. We also take patients with dementia from their homes for treatment.

“We are aiming to do some emergency home visits, but we don’t want to run before we can walk.”

The surgery has benefitted from funding from NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to improve care for dementia patients.

The service has one paramedic at the moment and an emergency nurse practioner. Dr Oliver said the surgery is aiming to be more ‘proactive’.