NHS England has opened a consultation on plans to improve urgent and emergency care services provided in England. They are working towards a framework of a better care system for when you need urgent care.
Since many people with MS will need urgent care at some stage with their condition, this may be very relevant.
Urgent care is seen as:
- Self care and self management
- Telephone care eg NHS 111
- Face to face care eg emergency GP appointments, NHS walk in centres, NHS urgent care centres
Emergency care is seen as:
- 999 emergency services
- A&E departments
- Emergency admissions to hospital
The review has garnered together a collection of evidence and a set of emerging principles with possible options for implementing these principles . There is a standard consultation form for comment which contains 20 questions, most of which are multiple choice so should not be too onerous to complete.
Please have your say if you have had good or bad experiences of the urgent and emergency care system and feel that it is ripe for an overhaul.
The consultation closes on 11 August 2013.