GP practise within ED

To provide a GP service hosted within the ED

Patient could get diverted at triage and the GP could help clear minor ailments. 

The GPs would benefit by being incorporated in the ED team and this would provide cohesive care between community and hospital care.

 

 

Why the contribution is important

For patients who need care, who can't access a GP due to homelessness, in an area not serviced by mobile GP service, or out of hours.  They are presenting with minor illness and injury, but if left untreated would progress to requiring more extension care.

by whitedl on August 13, 2019 at 07:24AM

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  • Posted by RodW August 13, 2019 at 21:21

    Again. How is this funded?
    Is it a free service? Ie bulk billed. If so how do they make ends meet? Extra funding? Then the question of equity. Also the question of competition to local private GP businesses.
  • Posted by Bowds22 August 16, 2019 at 05:48

    Health Engine seems to be a great way for GP services to register to promote their open hours without detriment to "competition" ... the end user can select who they go to see - Health Engine https://healthengine.com.au/ ... there is also the advantage of being for various services - not just GP's which is great for the patient needing to seek for services.
  • Posted by RodW August 16, 2019 at 12:01

    Logan hospital has previously done this.
    One of the after hours services staffed a clinical nearby to the ED I believe.
    We should learn from that experience.
    I understand they are no longer co located. I imagine there is a reason.
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