Ready to deliver on urgent treatment centres
NHS England's changes to emergency care services aim to alleviate pressure on EDs and GP practices
One of the main priorities of the NHS Long Term Plan is the introduction of NHS England-mandated urgent treatment centres (UTCs).
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) throughout the country are keen to demonstrate that these are operational by the end of the year.
By introducing the UTCs NHS England hopes to alleviate pressure on emergency departments (EDs) and support primary care staff in general practice. GP surgeries often struggle with same-day access for patients, many of whom are displaced to other services.
At present, level three EDs are a combination of walk-in-centres, minor injury units and community clinics. Most of these provide good clinical services, but the public reports a degree of confusion about which service to use.
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