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Covid-19: out-of-hours providers are drafted in to manage non-urgent patients in community

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 09 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m959

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  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. 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 …

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