Bury IV Therapy Service provides intravenous treatment with the community setting. The service helps to:
- prevent hospital admissions by enabling people to have care closer to home
- reduce the length of stay in hospital by facilitating early discharges
- provides further support in managing long term infections/conditions effectively and efficiently within the community.
The service is a 7-day service available from 07:30 to 20:00, including bank holidays.
The service provides intravenous medications to people who are 16 years and over, who are registered with a Bury GP.
Treatment is administered either within the team’s clinic based at Radcliffe Primary Care Centre, or a person’s own home if the person has limited mobility.
The team work closely with a consultant microbiologist and an antimicrobial pharmacist to ensure every individual receives the most appropriate treatment, which enables the team to accept people who have complex medical needs.
The team also provide a bisphosphonate service which is for people who have been diagnosed and treated for early-stage breast cancer. Referrals for this treatment are received specifically from The Christie Hospitals Adjuvant Service, and treatment is provided by the team via a patient group directive.
Due the nature of the service, referrals must be made by a health professional such as GP or consultant (either ward or clinic based) as clinical responsibility remains shared between the referrer and the team’s consultant microbiologist for the duration of the time the patient remains on the teams case load.
Once a referral has been received, it will be triaged by the team to ensure the medication can safely be administered in the community. Following this triaging process, the team will contact the referrer to confirm if the patient has been accepted under the service, and to confirm the start date.
To contact the team directly to discuss any referrals, please telephone 07564 047 364 or email BuryIVTeam@nca.nhs.uk