PERFORMANCE: Nearly half of attendances at the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland urgent care centre would be better managed within GP practices, a clinical audit has shown.

Around 46 per cent of in hours attendances would be better managed within GP practices, the work led by CCGs has revealed.

The remaining 54 per cent of in hours attendances required further intervention that a GP would not normally provide.

Analysis is now being undertaken to disaggregate this figure across LLR practices to further model requirements in each locality.

Concurrently, the Health Informatics Service is working with practices to ascertain the speed at which each practice system could be bought online to enable the
booking of patient appointments directly from the urgent care centre.

To expedite the delivery of this project, a full time project manager is being recruited and should commence in post in January 2012.