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Avoidable overnight stays cost NHS £330m a year


Patients like many people in the country and the majority of the western world have learned to live life in a state of I want it sorted now, they are not prepared to wait if they feel unwell for the symptoms to settle if it is a cold, or to wait for an appointment at the GP. Hence A/E is seen as a quick fix, and a 24 hour stay during which time they will get many of the investigations done that via the GP would take weeks to be organised and more importantly would take weeks to get the results, seems a small price to pay by a patient to be "SORTED" or reasurred. The key is really patients are saying they want the kind of service A/E and short hospital stay can provide rather than the prolonged back and forth care Primary care provide. The question is can the country afford that, My Gp I concider is very good but I get frustrated by the length of time it takes to sort out a problem I would love a one stop 24 hour assessment so why cant GP work towards that model of care or use the rapid access services available for may conditions more effectively. Has a current audit of why a patient used A/E for a problem been done, was it the patient that self referred or were they ADVICED to go to A/E by GP or NHS direct, if it is the last 2 then dont blame the patient aim for an improved out of hospital service!!!!!

Posted date

6 July, 2010

Posted time

1:35 pm