Table 2

Suggestions by 13 hospital clinicians via a self-completed questionnaire

Total numbersDoctors/nurses (13)
Admission due to exacerbation of COPD/HF13 Yes
Appropriateness of A&E admission appropriate11 Yes
2 Don’t know (2 doctors)
Could COPD/HF have been managed in the community?9 No
3 Don’t know
1 Yes
Suggestions to prevent future A&E admissionsReceive community services, extend GP opening on bank holiday, increase home oxygen, use nebuliser, improve care package and equipment, set up community on call, establish regular visit from community specialist team, commence education regarding medication
  • A&E, Accident and Emergency; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; GP, general practitioner; HF, heart failure.