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3M Health Care Study Day Looks At Boosting Hospital Bed Availability Across The United Kingdom

3M Health Care Study Day Looks At Boosting Hospital Bed Availability Across The United Kingdom

Alternative delivery of Infusion Therapy can relieve hospital bed pressure and save money

(PRWEB) November 7, 2002

Nursing experts from across the United Kingdom will gather at a 3M Health Care study day on Thursday 7 November to discuss and share experiences of how the delivery of infusion therapy can help increase hospital bed availability.

The event, at the Elstree Moat House Hotel at Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, will be attended by nearly 100 specialist nurses. It will be chaired by Andrew Jackson, Consultant Nurse at Rotherham General Hospital.

"Infusion therapy has enormous potential as an alternative for patients who do not want to be in hospital and, quite frankly, do not need to be," said Mr Jackson.

"Much pioneering work has already been done in this field and the 3M Health Care day next week will really be the first time that those experiences will have been shared on a national scale. We hope that those attending will find the presentations of interest and see the potential for looking at similar schemes in their areas of expertise".

Among those presenting will be Helen Hamilton, a senior Nurse Manager at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust. Helen, the first nurse in Europe to use percutaneous tunnelled central venous catheters for patients needing long-term I. V. therapy, will talk about an integrated approach to antibiotic therapy treatment between hospitals and the community.

There will also be the fascinating and unique experiences of Ray Pickles, a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in Chemotherapy and Oncology based at Stornaway in the Western Isles of Scotland. Ray has been working on the 137-mile stretch of islands for the last two years and his work has helped drastically cut the number of trips for treatment in Glasgow or Inverness previously endured by patients. Reduced travel costs for this and other treatments have also brought considerable savings and a patient survey showed that 75% were delighted with the alternative approach and wanted to see the service expanded.

Other presentations include a paper on home parenteral nutrition from Alison Young, a Consultant Nurse in Nutrition at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and the experiences of meeting acute needs in the community from Christine Donnelly, a Clinical Care Co-ordinator with the Community Rapid Response Team at the Cannock Chase Primary Care Trust.

"We are absolutely delighted to have gathered together such a group of presenters to talk about what is a key issue for today's health service," said Helen Neath, Marketing Manager for 3M Health Care.

"Visitors will have the unique opportunity to listen to many kinds of experiences of alternative delivery of Infusion Therapy and we expect some interesting debate to follow".

3M Health Care is a leading provider of professional-use medical products to hospitals and primary care. It is a market leader in wound management products, including IV dressings and a wide range of other medical products.

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For further information please contact Julie Owen at 3M Health Care on +44 1509 611611

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