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), pp. 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.

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ISSNs: 1357-6321 (print)
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Date Deposited: 15 May 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 22:10
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35178

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