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118 Bed-Blockers in Oncology: Myth or Reality? A Snapshot Oncology Survey Looking at Whether Palliative Care Involvement Delays Discharge
  1. Samantha Kay,
  2. Sharon Griffiths,
  3. Monica Thorpe,
  4. Emma Husbands and
  5. John Speakman
  1. University Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham

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Oncology beds are in constant demand for emergency and elective admissions for ongoing treatment, including symptom control. Long inpatient stays can therefore result in treatment delays. It has been postulated that palliative care involvement can prolong admissions, due to symptom control requirements and complicated discharge packages.


To establish the basis of an inpatient stay in a specialist oncology centre and …

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