Emergency care. Change of pace

Health Serv J. 2003 Jul 24;113(5865):28-30.


A GP practice set up a new system of assessing patients, with an emphasis on appropriate immediate need. The aim is to speed up treatment and reduce inappropriate accident and emergency admissions. A new role of community paramedic on loan from the ambulance trust was a vital part of the team. The first eight months dramatically cut accident and emergency admissions and sped up category A response times.

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Medical Technicians / education
  • Emergency Medical Technicians / standards
  • England
  • Family Practice / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team*
  • State Medicine
  • Time
  • Triage / organization & administration*