'We're really pleased with the positive work the unit is doing'
DR Chris Johns, who helped to launch the AGPU, and is a GP in Sketty and Killay, said: "Before, GPs would refer patients to the admissions unit, and they would often be admitted, if only for a short time.
"The problem is that if a patient is admitted, they could get caught up on something of a conveyor belt waiting for tests and so on and can be there for a while.
"No-one wants to be admitted to hospital if it isn't necessary; and having patients in beds who don't need to be there also adds to pressures on the hospital and delays for other patients.
"As GPs ourselves, we understand what makes GPs tick and we have a good relationship with them when they contact us over their patient. This really helps the interface with hospital care work much better and therefore the service for patients. This unit has introduced a new level of co-operation and understanding between GPs and hospital clinicians. It has had a huge impact on the quality of communication, and that has been really positive for the patients' care. We're really pleased with the positive work the unit is doing, looking out for the key thing that needs to be done to keep a patient out of hospital and give the care they need more quickly."