Emergency consultation clinics avert unnecessary admissionsBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7038.1102a (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1102
- Helen Coleman,
- Fiona Finlay
- Senior registrar in paediatrics Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO9 4XY
- 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 …