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.
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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.
|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
|Date Deposited:||15 May 2006|
|Last Modified:||27 Mar 2014 18:22|
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