The Gloucestershire GP Care Homes enhanced service is delivering real benefits to residents and staff since it got underway in Autumn 2013.

The result of the initiative is that people living in care homes in Gloucestershire are now receiving more planned and proactive support from GPs.

Doctors are carrying out regular planned visits (at least fortnightly), assessing medical needs, reviewing medicines and reviewing the reasons for hospital visits.

An evaluation of the scheme at the end of the first year showed a 25% reduction in emergency hospital attendances amongst care home residents. This trend is being maintained.