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A&E should 'repatriate' non-emergency patients back to GPs


@ 11:41pm, you make a good case and I do not disagree. Things are out of hand. My feeling is that if patients at least think the GP can offer the same access to tests as a&e (same day blood, ECG or xr) they will be more likely to attend as they will not perceive a difference in what they may be offered. That doesn't mean we actually HAVE to investigate them though - we are of course highly trained clinicians and should be allowed to use our clinical judgment. A&e and GP need to present a united front and tell people when they have attended inappropriately and also only investigate where te result night genuinely change management. The present system = pt not satisfied by GP or thinks won't be, so goes to a&e coz "they'll check me bloods, heart tracing and xray" - the hospital will do this almost as a knee jerk response for fear of missing a (rare) weird and wonderful illness. The situation is akin to a child who turns to the "soft touch" parent to get what they want. Both parents need to have the same resources and agree to a united front an that is how they stop being manipulated. Being undermined by the grand parents (NHSE, DOH, Hunt) has *never* empowered a parent! Hope this makes some knid of sense!

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07 Mar 2014

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