Primary care out of hours

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7041.1303b (Published 18 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1303

Emergency centre in Midlothian is successful

  1. David Heaney,
  2. Dermot Gorman
  1. Research associate Department of General Practice, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9DX
  2. Consultant in public health medicine Lothian Health, Edinburgh EH8 9RS

    EDITOR,—Val Lattimer and colleagues report enthusiasm for emergency centres in primary care1 but, given the impetus provided by the deal over out of hours work,2 urge that such initiatives are evaluated. We report a preliminary evaluation of a centre used for out of hours work and minor injuries, which is funded by the Scottish Office and Lothian Health.

    Esk Valley emergency services opened in April 1995 in semirural Midlothian, where 58 000 patients are registered with eight practices (36 principals). The rate of night visits in …

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