PATIENTS IN ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY AND OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENTS
Patients attending these locations in a recognised hospital who come for a procedure that is classified as a day benefit procedure (in other words, they meet the criteria for admission) should be formally admitted.
TIME AT HOSPITAL
The length of time a patient spends in areas such as Outpatients or Accident and Emergency, is no indication of the need to admit the patient. Admission is allowed only on the basis that the medical practitioner wants the patient admitted and the patient meets one of the criteria listed in the policy. The concept of 'four hours' does not apply. The patient should be admitted at the time indicated by the medical practitioner, not at the time the patient arrived in Outpatients or Accident and Emergency.