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Urgent care centres to be piloted to curb A&E use in Wales

Urgent care centres designed to reduce inappropriate use of accident and emergency services are to be piloted in Wales.

As part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s plans to improve unscheduled care services, urgent care centres will be set up at four early adopter sites. These centres will offer care for non-life-threatening conditions and could be stand-alone units or located within A&E departments or community hospitals. The particular services they provide will depend on local resources but could include pharmacists working alongside nurses, doctors or physiotherapists.

The WAG also argues that the unscheduled care system needs to be “rebalanced” to ensure people access care appropriate to their needs.

This will involve public engagement and communications campaigns setting out the purpose, availability and opening times of local unscheduled care services.

Further details of the WAG’s plans are outlined in the document “Delivering emergency care services — an integrated approach for delivering unscheduled care in Wales”, which is available online.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10006060

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