Instead of being treated at an Emergency Department, people in the Perth metropolitan area with certain conditions could be referred to Silver Chain’s Priority Response Assessment (PRA) service for clinical assessment and treatment at home.
PRA is a hospital avoidance service and when people are referred by their General Practitioner, Residential Aged Care Facility or St John Ambulance, they will be assessed in their own home within four hours.
Silver Chain Medical Director, Home Hospital, Daryl Kroschel, said when people are referred to PRA, as a part of their assessment immediate care can also be provided to address their condition.
“The assessment and care may lead to discharge, a referral to their GP or to other Silver Chain services such as Hospital in the Home which sees our clients receive hospital standard care in the comfort of their own home,” Daryl explained.
“The service not only allows people with non-life threatening conditions to be assessed and treated at home but also helps reduce presentations at emergency departments.”
Common conditions referred to PRA include lacerations, catheter issues, chest infections, cellulitis, wound management, bowel management and IV hydration for severe nausea in pregnancy.
“Following assessment, some clients may also be identified as eligible for a pre-approved referral plan, which is developed in conjunction with the client’s GP and allows for easy access to the PRA service for care if required,” Daryl said.
If you would like more information about PRA, please call our Contact Centre which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week on (08) 9242 0242.