Policy briefing

Emergency and acute medical care in over 16s guidance

New guidelines from National Institute for Health and Care Excellence cover organising and delivering emergency and acute medical care for people aged over 16

New guidelines from National Institute for Health and Care Excellence cover organising and delivering emergency and acute medical care for people aged over 16 – in support of the NHS Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View

Essential information

Emergency departments (EDs) are struggling with increasing demand, leading to pressure on staff and longer waits for patients and ambulances. Hospitals have found it increasingly challenging to maintain the flow of patients through from admission to discharge.

The NHS Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View, published in March 2017, stated that up to three million ED visits could have been better dealt with elsewhere. There are difficulties in admitting sicker patients into hospital beds and discharging them promptly back home. This document pledged to provide more alternative options to ED, to relieve pressure on the front door of

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