We are very proud of our award winning NHS Community DVT Service. Started in 2008, the service has grown from strength to strength in the last eight years with referral volumes reaching an average of 170 patients per month across North Bristol and South Gloucestershire. In October this year we were able to offer 94% of patients needing a scan an appointment within 24 hours. We ensure that our patients receive the best care and are delighted to receive the following recent feedback from our patients:
- “I found the whole care I received to be very good. Everything was well explained and it was easier than having to go to hospital."
- “Having to go to the nearest GP Surgery was a lot easier that going to hospital. The staff at all clinics were fantastic
- “I would find it hard to recommend any improvements. Service was very good indeed”
There have been many changes in the way Deep Vein Thrombosis is diagnosed and particularly treated, not least the introduction of DOACs (Direct Oral AntiCoagulants). GP Care strives to remain current, ensuring we are following NICE guidance, as well as complementing and alleviating the burden on the services provided by the acute trusts.
GP Care recently carried out a review of the service and made some changes to the pathway, for instance:
- Introducing a maternity protocol, allowing pregnant and post-partum women to be referred to our community service;
- Introducing Apixaban as an alternative treatment choice to our current Rivaroxaban and warfarin/LWMH pathways;
- Following NICE guidance to no longer prescribe graduated stockings following a confirmed DVT.
To highlight these changes, celebrate the work our team does and to raise awareness about the risk of DVT, we organised an education event to coincide with World Thrombosis Day.
Kindly sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer Alliance and Bayer, we were able to provide two education sessions which were attended by local GPs, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, prison staff, sonographers and HCAs. The guest speaker, Dr Charlotte Bradbury, Consultant Haematologist at the BRI delivered an excellent presentation and gave expert guidance on the diagnosis and management of VTE. Also speaking was GP Care’s new Clinical Matron, Jackie Adams. Jackie has extensive knowledge and experience having worked as a Specialist VTE Nurse at NBT and was able to provide a very informative explanation of the changes to the GP Care pathway.
We also used the day as an opportunity to introduce Louise Hill, our new Anticoagulation Specialist Nurse. The purpose of her role is to further strengthen the clinical aspect of the service, support referring practices and staff at our DVT Treatment Centres as well as work with the DVT Service Lead to develop the service further.
We received very positive feedback from those that attended and feel the event was a big success and plan to hold more education events in the future as a result. If you would like to be notified of any such education events, please contact the Service Lead, Sam Wilding, at firstname.lastname@example.org.