Respiratory Diseases: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 7 December 2023.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she has made of the impact of Acute Respiratory Infection hubs on (a) GP appointments and (b) emergency department attendance levels since their creation.

Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Acute Respiratory Infection hubs were operating in winter 2022-23; and how many are planned to be operating in winter 2023-24.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

During winter 2022/23, 363 Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) hubs were implemented by systems. There is no central target on ARI hubs for 2023/24 and for local systems to implement and decide where and how many as part of their plans locally this winter.

Evaluations from NHS England suggest that ARI hubs may save general practitioner appointments and accident and emergency attendances.

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