Letters

Emergency consultation clinics avert unnecessary admissions

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7038.1102a (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1102
  1. Helen Coleman,
  2. Fiona Finlay
  1. Senior registrar in paediatrics Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO9 4XY
  2. Consultant community paediatrician Child Health Department, Bath West Community NHS Trust, Bath BA1 3QE

    EDITOR,—Joanna Coast and colleagues report that about a tenth of admissions to general hospital might be suitable for alternative forms of care.1 In the child health department in Southampton an emergency clinic runs from 1 pm until 3 pm on weekdays (the 1-3 clinic) to address this issue. It is staffed by middle grade paediatricians with consultant cover. Children with acute and subacute problems are booked in daily.

    During a recent five month survey of the clinic's activity …

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