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GP wins £16,000 to audit hospital referralpatterns

Dr Lee Grimes is carrying out an audit of GP referrals after winning £16,000 Department of Health cash for a pilot aimed at reducing emergency admissions.

Dr Grimes, a member of Sedgefield PCT's professional executive committee and a GP in the County Durham town, said 12 practices will fill in a form for each admission, categorising complaints as acute, complex or ongoing. They will also be asked to suggest what could have been done to avoid an admission.

She said: 'We are looking at day-to-day variations to see if there are problems in intermediate care, if we need to develop new protocols, or if this was the only way to get a consultant opinion.'

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