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Acute medical units adjoining A&E “integral” to future of emergency care – SAM president

The president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine today made the case for other essential services like out-of-hours primary care for urgent conditions, community pharmacies, mental health teams, palliative care and district nursing to be co-located with A&Es in a speech at the Kings Fund.

Commenting on the speech, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Dr Mann again makes eminently sensible suggestions for the emergency care of patients.

“His support for adequate funding and providing staff with a good work-life balance will resonate with all those working in acute settings because we know that a contented workforce delivers better care.

“The call to co-locate emergency services is something we support strongly and must be a priority going forward, as concentrating the efforts of a range of healthcare professionals is essential to providing better patient, but also more efficient, care.

“The vast majority of patients admitted to hospital from A&E require acute medical care and when our acute care systems were placed under unprecedented pressure last winter, acute internal medicine played a huge part in maintaining quality for patients.

“Co-location of out-of-hours primary care services is an important step towards improving access to the right services quickly, but ensuring more acute medical units adjoin A&Es is also integral to the future of emergency care.”

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