Nurse aims to cut hospital admissions

Michael Smith, left, with other members of the surgery team EMN-151007-075033001
Michael Smith, left, with other members of the surgery team EMN-151007-075033001

A specialist over 75s nurse is calling for residents to get in touch for a health 
check - in a bid to cut hospital admissions.

Michael Smith, who is based at Market Rasen Surgery, is keen to hear from over 75s who would like an informal chat about their health and wellbeing.

He said: “My role is to reduce hospital admissions for this age group so I visit patients’ homes to do a review and look for any potential problems.

Michael checks things such as blood pressure, skin, diet, memory, mobility, sleeping habits, hobbies and a person’s general happiness.

And he can represent patients to organisations such as housing associations.

His role, funded by the NHS Clinical commissioning group for east Lincolnshire, is temporary and will end in March next year.

He said: “People can trust me and talk to me informally - quite often people have something wrong but don’t realise it’s a problem.”