Recommendation ID

GPs located in or near emergency departments:- What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of having GPs within or adjoining emergency departments?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- Royal College of Emergency Medicine survey data suggest that around 20% of people who attend emergency departments could be treated by GPs. Extended access to GPs in their surgeries is a requirement of current health policy, but the impact of such provision on reducing emergency
department attendances of people with acute illnesses is unknown. An alternative approach, proposed in a joint report from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal College of Physicians, and Royal College of Surgeons, is that every emergency department should include a primary care out-of-hours facility. This approach deserves systematic research evaluation focused on the specific impact of GPs on secondary care and the wider urgent and emergency care system. [See the evidence review on GPs within or on the same site as emergency departments.]

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Emergency and acute medical care in over 16s: service delivery and organisation
Date issued
March 2018

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/03/2018