NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group has published a video showcasing one of its latest services which is preventing hundreds of patients from unnecessary trips to A&E.

As part of a larger project around falls and falls prevention in Fylde and Wyre, the CCG has launched a new emergency falls vehicle in conjunction with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

The car contains a paramedic and a rapid response physiotherapist and is called upon when a 999 call is placed following a fall in or near the home.

With the help of the physiotherapist, the risk of falls in the future can be negated to prevent future hospital admissions and, in the first instance, the patient is treated in their home without the need for an ambulance ride to the local A&E.

The car, which is still in the pilot stage, has already been to more than 600 incidents across the area and is regularly dispatched to five or six call-outs every working day.

In the video, paramedic Steve Bruce and physiotherapist Ben Green show their journey from a 999 call being placed, the falls car being dispatched to the team’s response and helping the patient.

And Lytham patient Syd Rowe talks about his real experience of suffering a fall and having been helped to get back on his feet by the falls vehicle team.