Patients will likely be urged to book A&E appointments as a part of a shake-up of emergency companies in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
If pilots are profitable, the scheme might be rolled out to all NHS trusts in December, with sufferers instructed they need to ring up NHS 111 and book an area within the emergency division.
Experts consider it is smart to triage sufferers by telephone or on-line quite than having individuals sitting in ready rooms because the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 disaster.
The authorities additionally needs to cut back strain on emergency departments as workers face winter pressures, together with from coronavirus and seasonal flu.
A marketing campaign known as Help Us Help You will launch later within the yr to urge individuals to use the brand new service.
More NHS 111 name handlers are being introduced in to tackle the extra workload, alongside further clinicians, in accordance to the Department of Health and Social Care.
A session on new targets for ready occasions in A&E can be being launched as ministers put together to scrap the present four-hour goal.
Patients will nonetheless give you the option to search assist at A&E with out an appointment underneath the brand new modifications, however officers declare they are going to probably find yourself ready longer than those that have gone through 111.
People with a life-threatening situation ought to nonetheless name 999.
The new system will see NHS 111 staff direct sufferers to essentially the most clinically applicable service, together with A&Es, pressing therapy centres, GP surgical procedures or psychological well being care.
An further £150m of funding has been pledged by the federal government to broaden and improve 25 extra A&Es to cut back overcrowding and enhance an infection management forward of winter.
This sum could be on high of £300m introduced for 117 trusts to improve their services.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, stated: “We are investing £450 million to make sure that our A&E departments are prepared for winter.
“Hospitals across the nation will likely be in a position to broaden and improve to guarantee they will proceed safely treating sufferers within the coming months.”
He continued: “During the height of the pandemic we noticed thousands and thousands of individuals utilizing NHS 111 to get the absolute best recommendation on COVID-19, and different pressing NHS companies.
“These pilots will build on this and test whether we can deliver quicker access to the right care, provide a better service for the public and ensure our dedicated NHS staff aren’t overwhelmed.”
The 111 pilots are at the moment reside in Cornwall, Portsmouth, Hampshire and Blackpool, and have simply begun in Warrington.
Dr Cliff Mann, NHS nationwide medical director for pressing and emergency care, stated: “This additional investment will help us continue the development of NHS 111 and provide a broader range of services, with direct booking that will ensure all patients can see the right clinicians in the right setting, and address the extra challenges posed by COVID-19 so that emergency departments can safely treat those patients who do require their services.”