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One call admits patients to community options

An out-of-hours co-operative is piloting a scheme that will enable GPs to make just one call to admit patients to a

community hospital, residential care home or hospital-at-home.

Kernowdoc in Cornwall will handle calls from GPs needing to refer patients and ring the surgery when it has arranged care.

The co-op set up the scheme in partnership with the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro in an effort to reduce admissions.

Co-op chair Dr Gareth Emrys-Jones said the pilot built on Kernowdoc's existing message-handling for GPs making emergency and surgical admissions.

'From a GP's perspective it's brilliant being able to make one phone call to organise care rather than having to ring round 15 community hospitals to get a bed,' said Dr Emrys-Jones, a GP in St Austell.

'It's a central repository of knowledge of what's available, holding details of the raft of options.'

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