Covid-19: out-of-hours providers are drafted in to manage non-urgent patients in communityBMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m959 (Published 09 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m959
- Elisabeth Mahase
- The BMJ
Regional NHS leaders in England have been ordered to immediately organise a primary care management service to care for covid-19 patients who “do not require immediate admission” to hospital.
In a letter sent on 8 March, seen by The BMJ, NHS England and NHS Improvement’s strategic incident director for coronavirus, Keith Willett, has ordered regional primary care and public health directors to set up a 24 hour, seven day a week service to manage patients in the community. This service should be delivered by an out-of-hours provider, and every part of England must be covered by Tuesday 10 March, the letter said.
The service will be used to manage patients who …