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GP acute admissions 'justified'

Government-funded research by Dr Lee Grimes has found the vast majority of GPs' acute admissions are justified.

Dr Grimes carried out an audit of emergency admissions at 12

practices in Sedgefield, County Durham, after receiving a £16,000 grant from the Department of Health.

She said: 'The vast majority of referrals were of the type where there wasn't anything else that could be done about it apart from hospital admission.'

Durham Dales and Sedgefield PCT was developing a 24-hour palliative care service after the audit highlighted palliative care and out-of-hours as areas where hospital admission could be avoided if services

were improved, she added.

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