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Kent GPs are reaping benefits from an early community matron scheme, writes Lucie Benson.
When Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley PCT found that as many as 1,500 patients with long-term chronic disease had been admitted to hospital more than twice the previous year, it launched an initiative to reduce such admissions and the length of stays.
The District Nurse Renaissance (Community Matron) project also aimed to help GPs hit quality targets and to reduce home visits.
The project is running in parallel with the government's plan to employ 3,000 community matrons in England by 2007.
Eleven district nurses and two practice nurses have been selected from across the area to work as community matrons under the supervision of GP mentors.
Each of them has completed …