SOME chemotherapy patients and those suffering with other chronic conditions will continue to be treated at home after a pilot scheme has received more funding.
Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the new body responsible for buying and monitoring health care in Solihull, has agreed to continue to fund the scheme for another year.
Patients needing medication delivered through a vein would usually need to go into hospital for treatment. But the service allows those needing some chemotherapy drugs and antibiotics for certain conditions to receive treatment in their own homes.
The project is designed to cut hospital costs and make treatment more convenient for patients.
Julia Roberts, from Solihull, receives daily treatment of antibiotics through the service.
The 75-year-old said: “It is so much better to be treated at home. I feel wonderful - I can live normally while still receiving treatment and be with my husband while he was poorly.
“Treatment is no trouble at all and I will miss the daily contact with the nursing team when the treatment finishes.
“Getting treatment at home rather than hospital stopped me worrying about who would look after my dogs. They are so very important to me and really keep me going.”
Bernie Faulkner, the commissioning manager leading the project, added: “Our investment of £51k has so far resulted in savings of around £154k, meaning the service is a win-win all round.
“The teams on the ground are passionate about delivering high quality care and we have lots of glowing patient feedback that tells us patients really like the service.”