GP in A&E
Launched in May 2015, the GP in the Emergency Department service sees both a GP and practice nurse based in the A&E department.
They are there to treat patients who have presented to ED with a primary care type problem. This can be any type of attendance that presents frequently to primary care.
The GP in ED Service will see and treat any patient:
- Who has presented with a problem that is not an injury that is likely to require sutures, crutches or X-rays
- Who is clinically deemed to be physiologically stable
- Who is capable of walking
Problems the service can deal with include complex medical attendances or the worsening of chronic conditions.
The service also accepts all patients from across the hospital. Patients who are deemed suitable for the service should be identified to a Senior Clinician to enable them to be transferred to the service. Management plans can also be rationalised by the service which will not use investigations and treatments available in the ED unnecessarily.
Through this, patients presenting to ED will be offered an appropriate level of care at the right time by the right clinician group. This will also:
- Free up ED clinicians to see and treat emergencies
- Reduce crowding which will improve outcomes for patients and improve patient experience
- Improve waiting time for patients to see a clinician
- Reduce the cost of managing minor attendances
The GP in ED Service is located in AEC Clinic 2 and operates from 12noon until 9pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. The service – which is funded through the Coventry and Rugby GP Alliance’s successful £4.3 million Prime Ministers Challenge Fund bid – will expand over the next four to six months, eventually becoming a 10am till 10pm service, seven days a week.