An area piloting NHS England’s new care models has said placing GPs at the front door of Accident and Emergency Departments (A&E)‘did not work’, and that they were better placed overseeing patient discharge.

The comments, which related to a trial at the Frimley Park Hospital in Hampshire, come after NHS England has told all hospitals they  must use GP front-door streaming this winter.

But Dr Andy Whitfield, Chair and Clinical Lead of NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG, which runs a Primary and Acute Care System (PACS) Vnguard, told a conference of health professionals: ‘One thing that didn’t work is the national programme to get GPs at the front door in A&E.’

He added: ‘Actually we found putting GPs at the back door more effective, managing discharge of patients. We found this was far better than having them at the front door.’

This article appeared in Pulse today Magazine