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GP-led urgent care centre cuts A&E admissions 'by half'

A GP-led urgent care centre has cut A&E admissions by between a third and half, MPs have been told.

NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh told the House of Commons Health Committee that Corby Urgent Care Centre in Northamptonshire was seeing patients within 15 minutes and reducing overnight stays at Kettering General Hospital - eight miles away - by between 30 and 50%.

Giving evidence to the Health Committee’s inquiry into urgent and emergency care, Sir Bruce outlined the recommendations in his review of urgent and emergency care in England which will be implemented over the next three to five years.

He added: ‘In the meantime, a lot of CCGs are doing really good things in terms of developing services close to home.

‘One example might be Corby Urgent Care Centre which is well-equipped and adjacent to a GP practice. They have facilities for doing urgent blood tests and x-rays and are seeing patients within 15 minutes.

‘It has reduced overnight stays for adults at Kettering A&E by around 30% when I was there last, but I think that may have gone up to 50% now.’

Corby Urgent Care Centre is open 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. until midnight, operating a no-appointment system and is staffed by two doctors, three nurses, a healthcare assistant, receptionists and security staff. The centre opened in October 2012.

Readers' comments (11)

  • So a better funded, better staffed, quicker out of hours system reduces A+E attendances.

    You now have to question those that decided tendering OOH providers on price was a sensible idea. In most areas GP led OOH providers have been disbanded as a result.

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  • How are they able to do urgent blood tests and xray at 11 pm - without lab facilities or xray?

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  • Vinci Ho

    Bottom line is better model (with better funding) to improve currently existing out of hours GP cover really matters NOT making all GP practices open 7 days a week. It is about acute and new onset illnesses . Hence, this model worked with no pre-booked appointment .......

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  • Sounds like a mini a&e.and looks quite expensive.
    They dont say how much it costs.?How do the get paid capitation or item of service?

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  • This place sound better staffed than some DGHs I know of.

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  • Who would have thought that another 'mini AE' could reduce demand on another AE department? It is such a surprise that additional capacity might reduce demand elsewhere...
    On the other side of the coin, at least it shows that the floodgates haven opened....
    Seems to be a bit of a non story...

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  • Bears shit in new woods reduces shit pile in existing woods.

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  • GP led urgent care? Isn't that essentially a walk-in-centre by another name? Granted not all WiCs I ever went to had x-ray, but they were certainly GP led and could do blood tests with reasonably quick turnaround. I don't understand why WiCs have been systematically closed - for most modern service users surely near immediate access medical professional capable of providing on-site blood tests/x-rays is preferable to waiting for a GP appointment. This is probably why more and more people head straight to A&E.

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  • The point is that this unit doesn't have anywhere to decant patients into if they did hit waiting time problems - which seems to be why so many patients get admitted unnecessarily from Type 1 units, der! Also, unlikely to have a problem hitting waiting times in this new unit because it doesn't deal with the tough stuff that screws up your patient flow in Type 1.

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  • I would not be surprised if the GPs earned double the rate we get in practice .i think they earn £120 per hour

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