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Seven day GP service reduces hospital emergency visits, study finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3419 (Published 17 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3419
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Opening general practices seven days a week reduced the number of visits to hospital accident and emergency departments by nearly 18% at weekends, an evaluation of a pilot scheme in London has estimated.1

Researchers analysed patient level data from four general practices in central London that started piloting seven day opening at various times from April 2013, paid for by the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund. They compared emergency department visits as shown in secondary uses service data among patients at the pilot practices with patients from 30 practices in central London that didn’t offer appointments across seven days.

Results showed that, before …

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