More patients will be treated in GP surgeries rather than being sent to hospital under the proposed reforms of the NHS and social care in the county.
Dr Darin Seiger, who is leading a review of the health and social care in Northamptonshire, said he wanted GP surgeries to work together more closely to help provide healthcare which was traditionally only available in hospitals.
Dr Seiger said health problems such as skin conditions, muscle strains and eye problems could be treated at clinics run by large GP surgeries.
He said: “Individual patients would be able to have a greater range of access of healthcare than they may get from a single GP surgery.
“We want to shift the concept of care from patients thinking that everything is provided by the hospital when it could be provided in the community.
“The expert consultants who provide care in the hospital can also come out into the community.”
Dr Seiger said, once the GP clinics were up and running, services at the hospital could then be reduced so only the most serious cases required hospital treatment.
Dr Seiger said this could lead to savings for the NHS as there would be less hospital consultations which result in no action being taken.
He said: “When we tried to do this previously, people at the hospital were worried we were taking away their empire but now in the current economic climate, people realise the savings we have to make across the entire health and social care system.”