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GP does ward round to free beds

Dr Peter Gough has taken on a twice-weekly ward round to speed hospital discharges and free up acute beds.

Every Monday he is

e-mailed a list of patients at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, who live in the Royston, Buntingford and Bishop's Stortford PCT area.

He selects patients to visit, accompanied by the intermediate care team leader under the pilot scheme run by two PCTs.

Dr Gough, a GP in Royston, discharges an average of two patients a week, although he sometimes manages seven.

'This is not rocket science ­ more like putting rockets up people's backsides,' he said.

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