Chase Farm Hospital's new appointment to help reduce number of A&E patients (From Enfield Independent)
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Chase Farm Hospital's new appointment to help reduce number of A&E patients
In an attempt to cut the high numbers of people going to accident and emergency, an Enfield hospital will refer patients to alternative GPs or other services.
Following the decision by the clinical commissioning group to close the A&E at Chase Farm Hospital in The Ridgeway, Enfield, on Wednesday, September 25, the NHS trust is preparing to redirect patients who may not need emergency treatment and may only need to be seen by a GP.
This has led to a newly appointed GP primary care liaison officer, Sarah Needs who will be pointing people in the right direction to get the most appropriate treatment and allow those who need urgent care to be seen quicker.
She said: “My role involves working with nursing staff to identify those patients who attend A&E unsure of whether their condition should be seen by a GP or in A&E. We will then help these patients find the best service for them, whether that is with their GP, pharmacist or other more suitable service.
“This means that waiting times in A&E will be reduced so that more seriously injured people can be treated as quickly as possible.”
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust clinical director for emergency medicine, Turan Huseyin, said: "People should only attend A&E if they have a life-threatening illness or injury. They should only come to the Urgent Care Centre if they have an urgent illness or injury, such as a suspected fracture, deep cut requiring stitches or other condition that cannot wait for a GP appointment.
“This role is geared towards re-directing people and not only means the strain on emergency services will be reduced, but also that everyone will get the right care, in the right place, at the right time."
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