A hospital trust has created two new roles that could speed up treatment times in accident and emergency (A&E) departments.
The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) has become the first trust in the North West of England to appoint two new physician associates.
Roz Clegg joined the team in the emergency department at Royal Lancaster Infirmary and she will be joined in August by Harjer Khadim.
They will provide a bridge between nurses and doctors that should help speed up the treatment of patients within the emergency department.
Dr Paul Grout, clinical director for Acute Medicine at UHMBT, said: “We’re looking forward to developing the role beyond the emergency department to ensure that all patients benefit from the high quality clinical care. We see this as a key part of our strategy to treat patients as quickly and safely as possible.”