Research Article

Out-of-hours calls in a Leicestershire practice.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 26 June 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:1582

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  1. M G Crowe,
  2. D S Hurwood,
  3. 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.