OUR HEALTH REPORTS
TIME FOR CARE: REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON LONDON'S ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS
By Shaun Bailey AM, October 2016
This report was inspired by a recent trial at Queen’s Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department, which helped cut waiting times for patients. The trial was so successful, the policy has since been implemented at the hospital on a full time basis.
This report recommends the Mayor promotes the implementation of this trial at hospitals across London and helps address worsening A&E waiting times by improving education around accessing appropriate health services and registration with local GPs.
The issue falls under the Mayor’s remit of addressing health inequalities in London.
NEVER MISS A BEAT: IMPROVING LONDON'S RESPONSE TO CARDIAC ARRESTS
By Shaun Bailey AM, July 2016
Unfortunately, cardiac arrests are not uncommon in London. Last year (2014/15) the London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended 10,211 cardiac arrest incidents.
A significant reason for the relatively low survival rate is the limited window of time available to resuscitate a person once they have suffered a cardiac arrest.
According to the CHT, every minute that passes without the person receiving treatment reduces their chance of survival by approximately 20-23 per cent.
The London Ambulance Service, Metropolitan Police Service, London Fire Brigade andformer Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, have undertaken various initiatives to improve public awareness of and access to potentially life-saving Public Access Defibrillators, i.e. Automated External Defibrillators (AED) available for use by members of the public in theevent of a cardiac arrest, along with measures to improve London’s response to cardiac arrests.
However, more can be done to increase the cardiac arrest survival rate in London.
DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW: IMPROVING GP BOOKINGS IN LONDON
By Andrew Boff AM, May 2016
The demand for general practice care has been continually increasing for a number of years – with general practitioners (GPs) now seeing 340 million patients annually across the UK. In London alone, patient consultations have doubled over the last decade.
Working Londoners have fewer choices of and access to GP appointments than London residents who are not employed and who are able to opt for appointment times throughout the working day.
This report seeks to resolve the issue of the inequality experienced by working Londoners who currently have fewer choices open to them when they seek to consult a GP.