To help spread the word about the assistance available, the PPA’s ‘Help IS HERE NOW Express’ buses continue steadily to visit communities all over the country with trained specialists on board to provide here is how to gain access to patient assistance applications. All 50 claims and a lot more than 2,500 cities and towns have already been visited so far, in April 2005 and nearly 6 million patients have been helped nationwide since the PPA began. ‘At a time when national unemployment is the highest in nearly 2 decades, the PPA has become a significant lifeline for a growing number of sufferers,’ PhRMA’s Tauzin said.Patients with non-urgent conditions, such as a lower earache or finger, are classed as Category ‘C’ callers and may end up being treated by other parts of the NHS. From October, a nurse, paramedic or emergency care practitioner may deal with these patients in the home, avoiding the dependence on a hospital visit. They may also receive advice over the phone from NHS Direct. The adjustments come as local NHS organisations, such as Primary Care Trusts, are handed responsibility for handling and monitoring how local services respond to 999 calls. Wellness Minister Rosie Winterton stated: Primary care trusts and ambulance trusts will right now be able to work with other local health organisations to consent how to deliver the perfect, safe response for sufferers and how exactly to measure local overall performance clinically.