|Emergency Admissions in England|
|In England, patients may be admitted to hospital as emergencies if, when they fall acutely ill or are injured:|
|1 they or their carers take them to the emergency department of a hospital;|
|2 or they are taken to an emergency department by an ambulance;|
|3 or a general practitioner (GP; including out of-hours services) arranges emergency admission via an emergency department or directly to a hospital ward;|
|4 or by other routes, for example, through an outpatient department if a patient attends a clinic when seriously ill.|
Adapted from Blunt, Bardsley & Dixon (2010).
Gunther et al.
Gunther et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:11 doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-11