Out of hours medical cover in community hospitals: implications for palliative care


Kerr, C., Hawker, S., Payne, S., Lloyd-Williams, M. and Seamark, D. (2006) Out of hours medical cover in community hospitals: implications for palliative care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 12, (2), 75-80.

Download

Full text not available from this repository.

Description/Abstract

Background: The new General Medical Services contract in England means many GPs have transferred out-of hours work to
their primary care organization, with implications for continuity of
palliative care in community hospitals.

Aim: To examine existing arrangements for out-of-hours medical
cover in community hospitals, focusing on palliative care.

Methods: Telephone survey of community hospital managers/
senior nurses across England and Wales.

Results: Interviews (n = 62) revealed nursing staff were satisfied
with existing out-of-hours care. Concern was expressed about thefuture of out-of-hours medical care from GPs as new services willcover larger areas, meaning unknown doctors may attend, taking longer to arrive.

Conclusion: Arrangements for out-of-hours medical cover in
community hospitals are in transition, threatening the continuity of care for dying patients.

Item Type: Article
Related URLs:
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Work Studies
ePrint ID: 35178
Date Deposited: 15 May 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:22
Contact Email Address: clk@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35178

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item