Friday 18 October 2013 10.37am
Here is my idea: extend opening hours of the urgent care centre at Guy's Hospital
so patients can be seen after 8pm. At the moment patients who arrive after 7pm are turned away: this is when many patients (including commuters going via London Bridge) would like such a service. This is also when St Thomas' A&E gets increasingly busy so it would lighten the load on A&E.
Also, I understand the centre is very quiet in the mornings, so it may be that the cost-saving solution is to open 2 hours later and close 2 hours later (but I have a feeling there will be serious resistance from NHS staff who prefer a quiet morning to a busy evening!)