GE Healthcare Finnamore Partner, Dr Tim O’Hanlon explains why steady advancement is the key to improvement, not a transformational idea or a breakthrough.

Many health economies look for that one solution which will reduce attendances at A&E. Have GPs open for longer hours and at weekends… open a walk-in centre…

In a study in the Midlands there was no correlation between the opening hours of GP practices and the attendance rates of patients from those practices at A&E.

In another example, a walk-in-centre treated 42,000 patients in a location that saw 100,000 patients in its local A&E but attendances at that A&E increased.

There is no silver bullet, but there are lessons to be learned from elsewhere. To read the full article on HSJ please click here.

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