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GPs told to refrain from referring as hospital declares early-season black alert


Enjoyable and exceedingly apt piece BigAndSmall. However this article needs a short answer. And the answer is in the form of Q&A. Q. Is the patient you are assessing treatable safely in a Primary Care setting? A If the answer is "No" then get that patient to the shiny building where machines go 'beep' via the big white taxi. Go to ED directly. Do not discuss this with any admissions team or anyone else. (Your faxed 'do the needful' letter can follow) The decision to admit becomes theirs, along with the responsibility, and the disposition of the admission is also theirs. You can get on with doing what you do, see Primary Care patients. And frankly it isn't as if you are sitting on your arse twiddling your thumbs. (Tongue only very slightly in cheek)

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15 Sep 2017

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