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Call for out-of-hours GPs at hospitals to 'stem A&E patients'

Out-of-hours GP services should be available in hospitals to help stem the "overwhelming" number of A&E patients, leading doctors have said.

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Calls for better links between A&E and social care

According to doctors from the College of Emergency Medicine, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons:

  • Other health and social care workers physically located in emergency departments to bridge the gap between GP, hospital and social care services in order to support vulnerable patients.
  • Community care and social care should be available seven days a week to support urgent and emergency care services.
  • This would mean patients could be safely discharged outside of normal working hours.

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