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The Sound Doctor urges CCGs to reduce avoidable GP and hospital visits

The Sound Doctor is a social enterprise concerned with effective patient education and is now urging Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to prioritise high-quality information to help patients manage their own health conditions. This comes after a study reported that 93% of patients who used The Sound Doctor reported fewer visits to their GP, while 62% said they were in the hospital less than before. At a time where cost efficiency is as pressing as ever in the health sector, such packages could become an important way of reducing unnecessary expenditure. The study also revealed that almost all patients understood their condition better and learned new and relevant information, while 96% of those surveyed feeling more confident about managing their condition. Rosie Runciman, co-founder of The Sound Doctor said: "These days, health spending is a vital issue, and particularly as one in four GP visits are potentially avoidable, we think that the heavy pressure on the system ...