Riverside Health Care plans to move services provided at the current Nassawadox to Onley in 2016. This includes moving the hospital, the physicians’ offices, the cancer center and the Emergency Room. Ambulance transport and turn-around times will increase such that the timely response to an emergency will not be possible for many citizens of Northampton County.
According to a survey by Rural Healthy People 2010, emergency medical response was frequently named specifically as a major rural health problem. Northampton County shares this problem with many other rural localities, and it will be exacerbated by the hospital move.
The time elapse
from time of injury or medical event is critical. The “Golden
Hour” refers to the critical first hour from incident to
treatment during which, if treatment is received, the chance of
survival is greatly increased. The geography of Northampton
County presents challenges in getting patients to an Emergency
Room promptly. Driving times cannot be based on distances “as
the crow flies”.
Northampton County Department of Emergency Services (EMS) has the primary responsibility for timely emergency response. Currently, the EMS locations and equipment are owned and controlled by the three EMS volunteer agencies and supported by paid County EMS staff. Nightingale Air Ambulance provides transport to the trauma center at Sentara Norfolk General, when needed. Several heliports are located throughout the County.
A high percentage of 911
emergency calls do not require transport to an emergency
department and can possibly be avoided with a change in
protocols and the use of telemedicine technology.
There is a need to look critically at how medical services are managed in our community and plan for the best delivery of these services, with a particular focus on urgent care and emergency care.
Northampton County government must define and fund an EMS structure that is responsive to this new challenge.
A partnership with a hospital must be established to coordinate with Northampton County's EMS structure and to provide medical services at a Northampton location using the latest in urgent care, emergency care and telemedicine technology.
There is a need to partner
with community organizations such as Eastern Shore Rural Health
(ESRH) to most effectively care for patients in the community to
avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions,
particularly those involving emergency transport. ESRH provides
primary care throughout the County, and, while they do not
provide emergency care within their scope of service, they are
an important partner.
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