STRUCTURE: A community ear, nose and throat service, which is being developed by Central Sheffield GP Consortium, is to be extended to practices across the city.

The pilot scheme was in introduced in April at Duke Medical Centre and will now be rolled out to the other 23 practices within the emerging clinical commissioning group.

A press statement said: “All patients involved in the pilot scheme said in a survey that they would recommend the service to their friends and family, with one respondent describing it as ‘no hassles’ with a ‘relaxed atmosphere’.

“More than 80 per cent said the service at their local clinic was ‘better’ or ‘much better’ than attending the ENT outpatient department.”