Prime Response in Medical Emergency

Review heralds new era for rural PRIME service - July 14, 2017

A wide-ranging review of New Zealand’s Primary Response in Medical Emergency (PRIME) service has been successfully completed and work will soon begin to implement its recommendations, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.
“After a very professional and totally comprehensive, year-long process involving numerous stakeholders, the review outcomes have been accepted and we can now get on with the work plan. It will be great to work with our colleagues including St John and NASO during the next phase.”
The review has been “a major piece of work and those involved have done a fantastic job”.
“All of the things we had hoped for have been approved including a review of current funding arrangements, administration structures, clinical governance and roles, training and appropriate medicines and equipment,” said Mr Kelly.
The report has now been made publicly available and can be downloaded from the Ministry of Health’s website www.naso.govt.nz or click HERE.

In 2014, the National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO), on behalf of Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and the Ministry of Health, asked for formal feedback on the PRIME (Primary Response in Medical Emergencies) service.

The purpose of this feedback was to better understand the issues being raised and to inform the above parties on whether a formal review was required. 

A lot of feedback was received from a range of sources, including St John, PRIME practices and practitioners, Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), Rural Service Level Alliance Teams (SLATs), PRIME committees, Emergency Care Coordination Teams (ECCTs), National Rural Health Advisory Group (NRHAG) members and members of the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network (NZRGPN). 

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To access the PRIME St John website, click HERE.