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Successful pilot scheme leads to new service that reduces admissions and waiting times for patients

04 November 2015

Health Care

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 being avoided.

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 consultant. 

"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."