Introducing the Adult Ambulatory Respiratory Clinic (AARC)

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We are pleased to announce that Leeds GP Confederation’s new service, the Adult Ambulatory Respiratory Clinic (AARC), for adults in Leeds presenting with acute respiratory symptoms, launched on 27th November 2023.

AARC has been developed in collaboration with the Leeds Office of the West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (WYICB) and system partners. The vision, that increasing access to acute respiratory care during winter will reduce unnecessary Emergency Department attendance, supporting with wider healthcare system resilience over winter.

This service is predominantly available to book by NHS111, however Leeds GP practices reporting OPEL 4 will have access to a small number of appointments each day.  OPEL 4 AARC appointments will be released by Leeds GP Confederation at 9:30am Monday to Friday. The AARC service, based at St George’s Centre (Middleton), will run Monday to Friday (12pm – 6pm) and Sunday (10am – 4pm). It currently aims to run over the Winter period until approximately the end of March 2024.

AARC will run alongside our award nominated Community Ambulatory Paediatric Service (CAPS). CAPS was implemented in January 2023 to provide children with acute respiratory symptoms a service more suitable for their needs. GP practices (following triage), 999 Paramedics, NHS111 and Urgent Treatment Centres can directly book children into a CAPS appointment between 1pm and 8pm, Monday to Friday and between 10am and 6pm on weekends.

If you have any queries regarding this service, please contact [email protected]