national early warning score

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) are working with all members of the West of England Patient Safety Collaborative to encourage the use of a single national early warning score; ‘NEWS’, across the region.

All the acute trusts, out-of-hours GP services, mental health trusts, community service providers and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the West of England have signed up to support the adoption and spread of NEWS, and communicating this score at the interfaces of care across the system.

AHSN now have a number of examples of patient stories where NEWS has been used to assess and trigger responses across patient pathways and ultimately improving outcomes for those patients.

One of these examples is Paul from North Somerset, who made a quick and full recovery from sepsis as a result of NEWS (the National Early Warning Score) being communicated at every handover of care.

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