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Locality – West – March 2015

Thumbs Up for Witney’s Emergency Multidisciplinary Unit (EMU)

Local GPs are delighted with the way the EMU provides services since opening 12 months ago, a poll has revealed. The unit is attached to Witney’s community hospital and was launched in March 2014 to treat patients – mainly the elderly – with urgent but non-life threatening conditions closer to home. The aim of the EMU was to reduce the number of people having to visit local emergency departments for care.

In response to a survey carried out by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (who manage the EMU) most GPs said they were very satisfied with the unit’s same day assessment of patients, ease of referral to services and how patients have access to a multi-disciplinary team. This includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, GPs and nursing staff.

GPs from the West Oxfordshire Locality Group discussed the findings of the survey at a meeting last month, and gave suggestions to develop services at the EMU further. This will be considered jointly by the provider’s, the locality and OCCG.

For more information contact Fergus Campbell, Locality Co-ordinator email:

Information about the Locality

There are nine GP practices in the Locality with nearly 80,000 patients. Dr Miles Carter is the Locality Clinical Director.

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