Ignorance of GP services ups ED numbers

A study of 81,087 ED presentations to four metropolitan Melbourne hospitals found between 10% and 22% of presentations could have been treated by a GP.

The patients did not struggle with a lack of access. Most lived in areas well served by general practice, the study by Northern Melbourne Medicare Local (NMML) and Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local found.

It also revealed a lack of after-hours services was not a factor in ED presentation, with most potential GP