Community intravenous (IV) therapy team

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Intravenous news: PontefractAndCastlefordExpress.co.uk report “While most residents are tucking into their turkey, selfless healthcare staff will be working in the community so their patients can spend Christmas at home. Christmas Day will be business as usual for a 22-strong team of nurses in NHS Wakefield Districts rapid response and community intravenous (IV) therapy team, who will spread festive cheer while delivering treatment to the doorsteps of patients across the Five Towns.

Pat Wilson, of North Featherstone, will be given IV antibiotics three times a day by healthcare staff over the festive season.

She said: Getting the nurses from the IV therapy team to provide that treatment has meant that I could come home early.

They visit morning, noon and night to give me the antibiotics, which help keep me free of infections and back on the road to recovery.

Its a wonderful service, the nurses are lovely and I feel better being at home.

Getting this treatment has saved me a longer stay in hospital and saved my family trips to and from there to visit me.

The rapid response and community IV therapy team provides short-term nursing support to patients who are medically fit to leave hospital but still need help to keep them safe and well at home.”

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