Pressure on the healthcare system increases during the extreme weather in both winter and summer. This burden affects both GP practices and trusts. For ways that practices can help to reduce demand in winter and support the overall health landscape, see the Practice Demand Management page
In 2019, Islington Clinical Commissioning Group has been working with a few individual practices who have helped us to explore unexpected growth in attendances to Whittington Health A&E for primary-care-related conditions.
These practices have identified actions they could take to improve access or signposting for their patients, and we wanted to share some of their ideas with you. We would be grateful if you could consider the ideas offered on the A&E Demand Management page, where relevant for your own practice, to help manage demand during the difficult winter period.