Mental health nurses and paramedics to halve hospital admissions

Friday, 7 December 2018

Thousands of Londoners experiencing a mental health crisis will be sent a specialist nurse and a paramedic in a car on blue lights.

By responding together, the specialist ambulance crew is expected to reduce mental health hospital admissions from 58,000 to 30,000 a year once it is rolled out across the capital.

The London Ambulance Service scheme aims to treat patients at home, which is often a better environment for those experiencing mental health problems.

When an emergency mental health call comes in, the 999 call handlers work alongside a mental health nurse in the control room to decide whether to dispatch the mental health car.