IV service up for award

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The Milton Keynes district nursing service which provides IV for patients in their own homes has been nominated for a Nursing Times award.

Beginning in 2012, the service supports patients in early discharge from hospital so they can receive the treatment in their own home.

It has saved the health economy £300,000 a year as it has reduced the length of stay for patients in Milton Keynes Hospital.

The Nursing Times Award aims to honour the hard work and capability of nurses, which often goes unnoticed.

John Culley, District Nursing Clinical Lead, explained: “Training has been developed to ensure all nurses within the District Nursing service can administer IV medications and meet the needs of all patients in the community, increasing the quality of care received by the patients.

“The service expansion aimed to improve the quality of patient care and this nomination recognises the hard work of the District Nursing teams in achieving this.”