Specialist paramedic training has seen hundreds of patients able to be treated in their own homes rather than in hospital.
The latest figures show that in 2013/14, more than 400 patients received wound closure treatment in their own homes from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST).
One of EEAST’s Clinical Operations Managers, Jori Krijgsman said: “The treatment ultimately means better care for patients and saves them a journey to hospital.
“The wound can be treated quickly and effectively thorough the use of adhesive stitches or dissolvable glue.”
After successful feedback from patients and paramedics, the training has now been introduced to the new student paramedic course.
The ambulance service is continuing to recruit 400 students; more than 200 people have now received offers, and 100 have started their training across the region.
There is still time to get involved, as the campaign to recruit more student paramedics is ongoing.
If you would like more information about the campaign, visit www. eastamb.nhs.uk