Out-of-hours calls in a Leicestershire practice.Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6025.1582 (Published 26 June 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:1582
- M G Crowe,
- D S Hurwood,
- R W Taylor
In one year, 920 "out-of-hours" calls were received by a partnership of three general practitioners working from a health centre in semi-rural Leicestershire. The partners on duty saw 588 patients. Out of 898 patients on whom information was available only 75 (8-5%) were referred to hospital, mainly as casualties. The results are compared with a study of deputising services, and it is concluded that a partnership covering its own out-of-hours calls can provide a more personal service and appears to make fewer demands on NHS resources.