From its humble beginnings in 2016, Margo Asimus's wound service on wheels has grown into an entity that's freeing up hospital beds, taking pressure of GPs and set to become a global phenomenon.
The Lorn-based nurse practitioner has now officially launched her business, Skin and Wound Care Consultancy - a service believed to be an Australian first.
Margo started her business in private practice working one day a week to keep herself registered.
"I was visiting aged care facilities to treat residents but often found it hard because there were no procedure rooms," she said. "I thought about leasing a room but I wanted to be independent so I came up with the idea of a mobile clinic."
Margo and her team of six, treat people across 25 age care facilities and also see people who refer themselves or have been referred by GPs. "We're really an advanced consultation service, working in colaboration with existing health providers," she said.
Margo explained that if someone has a wound and it is failing to heal her service can step in. "We may come in with a fresh set of eyes, do an assessment and recommend a treatment," she said. "We can do procedures within the mobile clinic and can offer ultrasonic debridement which is a high pressure wound cleaning treatment.
"There is no where in Australia that has something like this apart from mobile health clinics in remote rural areas. This is unique - a designed and purpose built mobile wound clinic," she said.
With the Royal Commission into Aged Care Margo's business has grown further now in operation five days a week and plans for a government grant to buy another vehicle which will be based on the far north coast.
"I think this could become global," Margo said. "This service allows patients to stay in their own homes because we can bring our service to them. Being a nurse practitioner I have a lot of clinical training and I wanted a site where I could train more nurse practitioners so I plan to advertise this as a clinical training site as well. Nurse practitioners have an extended scope of practice can prescribe, order diagnostic tests and carry out procedures."
Skin and Wound Care Consultancy was officially launched on Saturday - International Nurses Day and the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale.