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UK report calls for new services to improve out of hours acute care

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:901
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    People who are acutely ill out of hours should have easy access to a wider range of innovative medical services in the community to improve their care and reduce unnecessary hospital visits, a report by the Royal College of Physicians recommends.

    The report, Acute Medical Care: The Right Person, in the Right Setting, First Time, argues that current out of hours care is generally inadequate and inflexible, so patients with acute illness go to hospitals because there is no alternative. It recommends that provision of acute, unscheduled medical care in the community should expand with a range of different levels of …

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