On Friday, I visited Dr Jill Evans, the East Elmbridge lead for our local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) (pictured, below) at Esher Green GP surgery. Jill talked me through some of the recent developments in the community. Two real positives stood out. Seven of our local GP practices have piloted a paediatric clinic at Emberbrook health centre in Thames Ditton, which treated around 1,600 children over 3 months. As well as treating them effectively for a range of issues, it was effective in dramatically reducing hospital admissions amongst the cohort.
In addition, at the other end of the demographic spectrum, the CCG has responded to our ageing population by pioneering better services in the community, built around Molesey Hospital and the deployment of a Community Matron, GPs and nurses. Focused on frail elderly patients, the initiative has over the last 18 months reduced the number of emergency hospital admissions – which are now 9% less than other localities with similar populations.
This kind of best practice is crucial to giving residents the care they need, but also managing the pressure on larger hospitals like Kingston and St Peters with more effective treatment in the community.