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Proud of our Practice: Care service that cuts to the chase

The difficulties of caring for 14,500 patients spread across more than 100 square miles of Devon countryside led Dr Andy Smith's practice to set up an innovative unscheduled care service.

The Cullompton Urgent Treatment Service (CUTS) is a collaboration between the College Surgery and the Westcountry Ambulance Service.

Its aim is to separate planned/routine and urgent or acute cases in general practice.

An emergency care practitioner seconded from the ambulance trust, a duty GP and two nurse practitioners triage patients contacting the surgery and direct them either to a CUTS team member or a GP at the practice.

Dr Smith, a GP with a special interest in unscheduled care, said: 'It's a win-win situation from everyone's point of view. We're very proud of it ­ it's worked well.'

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