Minor and major patients – what can be done?
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Minor and major patients – what can be done?

Garry Swann Emergency department nurse consultant, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Mark Roberts IDEA project manager, Amber Valley Primary Care Trust, Belper, Derbyshire
Elaine Whotton Emergency department nurse educator, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary
Susie Hewitt Emergency department lead consultant, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary

GARRY SWANN and COLLEAGUES describe the modernisation process in the emergency department of Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and the introduction of alternative models of care provision for minor and major stream patients

The Department of Health documents, The NHS Plan (DoH 2000) and Reforming Emergency Care (DoH 2001), both highlight a traditional system of service provision that is inadequate, lacking in national standards, in drastic need of modernisation and unable to cope with the demands placed upon it.

Emergency Nurse. 11, 1, 33-36. doi: 10.7748/en2003.

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