G_CS_39 - Critical and Urgent Care Advice and Transfer Protocol at Louth Hospital

The purpose of this protocol is to establish safe and consistent pathways of care for patients with deteriorating health which cannot be accommodated within Louth County Hospital.

The objective of this protocol is to set clinical standards to improve the admission and transfer of appropriate patients should their condition deteriorate.

East Midlands Ambulance Service operates a protocol which excludes adult patients with serious illness, specialist needs or significant trauma being taken to Louth Hospital (appendix 1).

Clinicians working within Louth Hospital will follow agreed protocols regarding the care of patients who become seriously or critically unwell or who present with chest pain of cardiac origin.

 All doctors who will be working within the Urgent Care Centre at Louth Hospital will be required to achieve a minimum competency level within the scope of acutely ill or injured patients (appendix 4). Competency will be maintained by ongoing personal development and annual appraisal and re-validation.


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