Kerr, Chris and Hawker, Sheila and Payne, Sheila and Seamark, David and Lloyd-Williams, Mari (2006) Out of hours medical cover in community hospitals : implications for palliative care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 12 (2). pp. 75-80. ISSN 1357-6321Full text not available from this repository.
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 the future of out-of-hours medical care from GPs as new services will cover 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.
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Palliative Nursing|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
|Departments:||Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research|
|Deposited By:||Mr Richard Ingham|
|Deposited On:||17 Apr 2008 09:05|
|Last Modified:||07 Jan 2015 16:06|
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