PERFORMANCE: Admissions to Derby Hospitals Foundation Trust following GP referrals have reduced by 50 per cent in a week.

The trust is working closely with the local health community to reduce admissions where appropriate.

A new Clinical Navigation Service was launched on 1 December to provide GPs with more options as to the care available for their patients.

The service provides immediate access to specialist cardiology, renal and medicine for the elderly consultants to support GPs in decision-making for those borderline patients who may or may not need acute admission.

It means GPs can now discuss their patient with a consultant or registrar. Being able to have direct conversations has meant better sharing of information and knowledge and has led to a reduction in admissions to hospital by GPs of about 50 per cent in its first week of operation.