Should some ambo patients go directly to their GP rather than emergency?

Paramedics have been given the power to take patients with minor ailments straight to their GP under a pilot scheme that aims to tackle overcrowding in emergency departments.

GPs have to opt in to the  Central Coast NSW Medicare Local  trial, which will run for six months, and can decline to see a patient on a case-by-case basis.

Since the initiative kicked off in January, paramedics have on average transported two patients a day to their local GP - ailments have included anxiety, colds and toothache.

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