Short notice access to GPs reduces emergency hospital visits, study showsBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3422 (Published 20 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3422
- Jacqui Wise
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 …