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GP Out-of-Hours/Unscheduled Care Surveillance System

 

This is a system that monitors daily out-of-hours\unscheduled primary care activity and therefore complements existing GP surveillance systems by monitoring activity across evenings, overnight, weekends and public holidays.

 

 

Aim: Real-time monitoring of calls to GP out-of-hours services and selected NHS Walk in Centres across England

Status: Live system

Coverage: There are approximately 63 GP out-of-hours (OOH) service providers using the Adastra health care event management software representing coverage of 95% of the England PCTs. Currently, 44 OOH providers are contributing data to the system, representing some coverage in 114 of the 151 PCTs

Data: Calls to GP out-of-hours/unscheduled care providers (including WIC events) as % of total events

Syndromic indicators: A selection of clinical indicators based on aggregated Read codes including respiratory, gastrointestinal and other groups

Statistical alarms: Alarms generated when activity rises significantly compared to recent weeks, allowing for holidays and day of week effects.

Year Established: 2010

Frequency of reporting: Daily analysis/weekly reporting (daily reporting possible during national incidents/alerts)

Strengths: Routine daily data reporting; coverage of GP services overnight, at weekends and public holidays

Weaknesses: Coding of health care events not comprehensive

Collaborators: Advanced Health and Care; NHS London

Key publications:

Harcourt SE et al. Developing a new syndromic surveillance system for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Epidemiol Infect  2012, doi:10.1017/S0950268812001781 [external link]

Misc: Established to enhance surveillance during the 2012 Olympics

Surveillance outputs: Weekly surveillance bulletin


 
  • 2014 Bulletin Archive
    Archive of GP Out-of-Hours/Unscheduled Care Surveillance System Bulletins from 2014
    Added/updated: 17 July 2014
  • 2013 Bulletin Archive
    Archive of GP Out-of-Hours/Unscheduled Care Surveillance System Bulletins from 2013
    Added/updated: 24 December 2013
  • 2012 Bulletin Archive
    Archive of GP Out-of-Hours/Unscheduled Care Surveillance System Bulletins from 2012
    Added/updated: 3 January 2013