Nurse praised for improving care for Parkinson’s patients

Lynn’s work in the home reduces hospital admissions.

A NURSE from North Devon has been praised for overseeing a dramatic fall in the number of people with Parkinson’s Disease who are unnecessarily admitted to hospital.

Lynn Gill’s work to support patients in their own homes was commended following the NHS Energise for Excellence conference and International Nurses’ Day earlier this month.

Lynn, a Parkinson’s specialist nurse, works with about 25 GP practices and four community hospitals in North Devon.

As part of the initiative set up with colleagues at the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS, she visits patients in their homes to review their medication, deal with any issues and signpost them to other services if needed.


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Patients enjoy extra support at home, avoiding the disruption and damage to quality of life that admission to hospital involves.

Carolyn Mills, director of nursing for the trust, said the scheme had brought great benefits for the patient, carer and NHS.

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She said: “Lynn and the rest of the team have done magnificent work over the past two years, helping Parkinson’s patients in a variety of ways in their own home and reducing the number of avoidable hospital admissions.

“By the second year, no patients were admitted through not coping with Parkinson’s.

“This initiative is just one example of how we are working hard to improve the quality of care and experience for our patients.”

Lynn organised an education day in Barnstaple to coincide with Parkinson’s Awareness Week in April.

The event looked at the latest developments in Parkinson’s and was attended by more than 150 GPs and acute, community and care home staff from across Devon.

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