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Short notice access to GPs reduces emergency hospital visits, study shows

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3422 (Published 20 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3422
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Improving the availability of appointments and opportunities to speak to a GP or nurse at short notice may help to reduce attendance at emergency departments, shows a large study that included nearly all general practices in England.

The research study, published in Emergency Medicine,1 also found that greater use of alternative services such as walk-in centres or minor injury units was associated with reduced attendance at emergency departments.

The researchers …

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