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Children seen by GP in emergency department less likely to be admitted, study found

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4644 (Published 06 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4644
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Having a GP in the emergency department of a paediatric hospital reduced waiting times and admissions but led to more antibiotic prescribing, a study has found.

Visits to accident and emergency departments in England have risen by a third in the past decade, reaching 22 million in 2014-15. But there is evidence that about a third of visits could be managed in primary care. About two thirds of emergency departments in England have GP services co-located within them, but evidence of the benefits is lacking.

In 2014 a GP service was co-located in …

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