Deputising general practitioners' role in emergencies

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7001.394b (Published 05 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:394
  1. J N Rawlinson
  1. Staff doctor in accident and emergency Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW

    EDITOR,--The other day my neighbour died. As she became ill her husband called their general practitioner and was referred to a deputising service. Later he called an ambulance as she deteriorated further, and the ambulance and the deputising doctor arrived together. I witnessed this and went to help; cardiac massage had been started. I am a staff doctor in accident and emergency and an instructor on an advanced life support (cardiac) course. I have no experience of care in the community and was well aware that this was not my “turf,” but I knew the paramedic crew …

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