Two new hospital-based community asthma and epilepsy nurses are set to benefit children with asthma and epilepsy in west Suffolk.
The posts are funded by the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and will be delivered in partnership with West Suffolk Hospital.
Both nurses will provide support to children with asthma or epilepsy and their families so they will to help manage their condition with confidence.
Dr Rakesh Raja, GP lead for the CCG, said: “There are around 920 children with asthma and 250 with epilepsy in west Suffolk.
“For these children and their families it can be difficult and sometimes frightening to deal with the consequences of these conditions.
“By linking with families and primary care the nurses will be able to offer the help patients need to manage their long term condition on a daily basis.
“If patients have the right level of knowledge and support they can effectively manage their long term condition and avoid the need to see their GP or have an unplanned admission to hospital.
“The nurses will benefit from being based at West Suffolk Hospital, supporting them to provide an outreach service to children and young people in the community whilst offering educational support and advice to practice nurses within primary care.
“We want children with asthma or epilepsy to live their lives as normally as possible.
“However, these long term conditions need to be effectively managed and this is where community facing clinicians can have a positive benefit through effective support and education.
“By working in partnership with West Suffolk Hospital and local GP practices the nurses will be able to offer a seamless level of continuous care for those children with asthma or epilepsy and their families.”
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