Reduce time from referral by GP to first outpatient attendance

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7052.302b (Published 03 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:302
  1. Adrian Midgley
  1. General practitioner Homefield Surgery, Heavitree, Exeter EX1 2QS

    EDITOR,—The fact that elective admissions are increasing at a lower rate per year than emergency admissions1 suggests that part of the solution is to increase elective admissions, day case procedures, and outpatient appointments in order to reduce what will otherwise probably become arguably inappropriate “emergency” admissions. Patients admitted as emergencies while awaiting admission or an outpatient consultation are …

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