Triage by ACPs eases pressure on ambulatory care and admissions unit

Advanced clinical practitioners who can order X-rays and CT scans are helping a hospital to achieve timely treatment

Advanced clinical practitioners who can order X-rays and CT scans are helping a hospital to achieve timely treatment

Attendances at emergency departments in England during the winter period of 2017-2018 rose by 1.6%, with 22.9% of patients waiting longer than four hours - up 2.2% on 2016-2017.

Inevitably, patients requiring admission to hospital rose, to an average of 944 patients per day. Combined with a reported 1,100 fewer acute hospital beds available and an above average bed occupancy rate of 95.2%, this meant NHS services were struggling to meet demand.

NHS Improvement said detrimental operational factors affecting the performance of NHS trusts that winter included demand on services,


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