Table 5

Costs (£) per patient out of hours contact with health service providers during March and April 1995 by time period and service category

Weekday evenings
Health service provider7 pm-10 pm10 pm-8 amAllWeekend or bank holiday (8 am-8 am)All out of hours contacts
General practitioners:
 Based on night visit fees6.68
 Based on cooperative model30.2136.3033.1725.0527.12
Accident and emergency14.6740.7126.3615.8419.78
Ambulance58.69150.31109.59131.09118.80
Home nursing15.7016.1015.8713.6713.03
Total (based on night visit fees)16.30
Total (based on cooperative model)23.3644.3933.1122.9525.55