An acute trust chair has said its emergency department is effectively operating as a primary care service.
Hattie Llewelyn-Davies, who has chaired The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust since late 2021, told HSJ: “We’ve done an awful lot of changes in the way we run out A&E and same day emergency care service to try and get the flow through working better…
“We have particular problems with the Princess Alexandra because we are right in the middle of Harlow. And we have a GP service and primary care service which is under massive pressure. We have very high levels of deprivation in Harlow.
“When somebody is sick in Harlow and can’t get a doctor’s appointment on the spot, they walk into us. We have a very high level of people coming in, so a very high level of footfall but a very low level of admissions.
“We are therefore running effectively a primary care service through our A&E.”
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Source: HSJ, 15 May 2023