GPs to attend some 999 calls
18:00 31 August 2014
GPs will be attending certain 999 calls from the end of September, under plans drawn up to ease pressure on A&E departments.
The pilot project has been set up as part of an improvement plan for the NHS trust that runs Queen’s and King George hospitals.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) was placed in special measures in December after a damning inspectors’ report.
Certain elderly patients, whose calls would be screened at the 999 stage, could receive treatment at home instead of in hospital under the plans.
Community health professionals including GPs will be sent with paramedics to see such patients, and they will have a direct line to the elderly receiving unit at Queen’s, which will judge whether the patients need to attend hospital.
The plans are in their early stages, and led by the London Ambulance Service.
A spokesman said: “We can confirm we are in discussions with BHRUT to explore alternative care plans for the elderly community to help ease A&E pressure.”
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