From Monday 4th November, the Southern Hampshire Primary Care Alliance is proud to be taking part in a collaborative pilot scheme that will see Primary Care presence at Queen Alexandra Hospital’s Emergency Department, aiming to refer patients to a designated surgery whenever possible.

Whilst pressures on Emergency Departments in hospitals across the UK are widely reported and publicly discussed, SHPCA is proud to be participating in a possible solution to turn the tide on this ever-growing problem.

With over 60,000 people presenting themselves to the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trusts’ ED each year, SHPCA is working in partnership with Portsmouth’s Primary Care Alliance, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS commissioners, to provide primary care clinicians at the department’s reception and waiting room, every day from 10am to 10pm, and see if they are able to refer cases to Cosham Park House Surgery, less than a mile away.

‘Having a mini-GP surgery located at the department has been tried before, but with limited space, no access to patient notes and a lack of resources, doctors felt restricted, isolated and ineffective,’ explains SHPCA Chair, Dr Kathryn Bannell.

‘This trial will see if GPs have success in redirecting patients that can be treated outside the hospital to an existing, integrated and fully-functional GP surgery.’

With one clinician supported by ED nurses in the waiting room and a GP waiting in the Cosham Park House Surgery, organisers of the trial are optimistic that this could provide positive support to Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust over the winter.

‘We have a pool of GPs from our Primary Care Alliances who have been called on and will be deployed in shifts,’ says Dr Bannell. ‘We are very grateful for their flexibility and enthusiasm for the project, and look forward to assessing the impact of the scheme.’


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