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Hospital recruits GPs for A&E shifts over winter

Hull Royal Infirmary is recruiting GPs to work in A&E shifts over winter to deal with patients who have minor injuries and illnesses.

NHS Hull CCG has given funding to Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to employ GPs in the department to treat patients who do not need to be treated in a hospital setting according to the Hull Daily Mail.

The hospital is also recruiting physiotherapists and Red Cross staff to work in the hospital A&E department and in the discharge lounge ‘to make sure patients were given appropriate care packages before being sent home’ according to the Hull Daily Mail.

Ellen Ryabov, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s chief operating officer, said this comes as it has 'been well publicised both locally and nationally that Emergency Departments (EDs) across the country have seen a steady rise in the number of attendances'.

‘Hull Royal Infirmary is no different and has seen an 11 per cent rise in attendances in the last twelve months alone,' she added.

She said: ‘It is anticipated around 20% of patients who self-present at our ED could be seen in a more appropriate place in the community, such as at a minor injuries unit or a GP surgery, and in turn this places additional demand on our services.’

The Hull Royal Infirmary A&E department falls short of its target of seeing 95% of patients within four hours - over the last six weeks it saw 87% of patients in that time frame. However, this is a 13% improvement compared to six weeks from April.

Readers' comments (6)

  • Why would they want to pay a GP to deal with "minor injuries and illnesses"? Why not just redirect to MIU/WIC instead of compounding the GP shortage by diverting them from their real job?

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  • This is just topical. Most don't need to be seen? GP are not contractred to treat minor injuries. When will people stop seeing people who shouldn't be there, like broken nails or fungal nail infections and verrucas. You reap what you sow.

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  • How much are they getting paid??

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  • That is how NHS works. Increase the supply and hence increase demand.
    Give some respect to GPs. Are GPs meant only for minor injury and minor illness?

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  • For 08:43:
    Pay...????? We are doing it for "God, King and Country..."

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  • And for 11:02... a different (positive) way of looking at it is that we GPs can keep it "minor" .... before it gets "major"...
    Let the A&E registrars intubate and think rapidly of all the fancy tests/treatments for that very ill, critical patient- we are a TEAM ... we can help get rid of some of the GP stuff that ends up in A&E... things we can deal with much quicker than the SHOs in A&E as we've seen it many times before... No prob with that!! :)

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