Medical Practice

Modes of Admission to Hospital: A Survey of Emergency Admissions to a General Medical Unit

Br Med J 1971; 1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5743.281 (Published 30 January 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;1:281
  1. A. R. Patel

    Abstract

    In a survey of the modes of referral and disposal of “acute patients” to a general medical unit during the period 1 February 1968 to 31 July 1970 only 1,432 out of 3,455 were referred by general practitioners. There was a high incidence of self-referral to hospital, and this trend was on the increase. A large percentage of self-referred patients came from their homes, and 65-77% of these arrived by ambulance ordered by themselves.

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