Successful pilot scheme leads to new service that reduces admissions and waiting times for patients
04 November 2015
A successful pilot scheme aimed at reducing admission to hospital has led to the development of an entirely new service.
The two-week pilot for ESAC (emergency surgical ambulatory care)
finished earlier this month and everyone involved agreed it went
extremely well. Plans are now being finalised to fully
implement ESAC in November.
During the pilot 77 patients were treated under the
ESAC protocol and this resulted in admissions and long waits
Jane Mulreany, associate director for surgery, said: "The
ESAC pilot was a great success - the average wait for the patients
from start to finish was 2 hours 27 minutes and patients waited on
average from 0-15 minutes to see a nurse practitioner and
"We're planning to launch the full ESAC service in November and
are confident that it will improve quality of care and patient
experience. The feedback from patients was very positive and we are
looking forward to implementing on a permanent basis."