BCS Out of Hours Report
The BCS has published a report from the working group on 'out-of-hours cardiovascular care'. The report is relevant to all BCS
members involved in the clinical care of patients with cardiovascular disease.
The key messages from the report are:
circulate the report to relevant colleagues and use the report to
support changes in care pathways in your organisations.
of care for people with cardiovascular disease outside of normal
working hours (overnight and at weekends) varies widely across NHS
BCS surveys show particular problems in delivering timely care to
patients requiring pacemakers, treatment of heart rhythm disturbances,
and management of NSTEMI.
with cardiovascular disease who are admitted to hospital overnight and
at weekends may experience delays to investigation and treatment.
Current staffing levels are a major barrier to the provision of comprehensive and sustainable out-of-hours cardiovascular care.
Report proposes standards for the care of patients with cardiovascular
disease that emphasise the importance of: Timely access to the opinion
of a heart specialist; Timely access to appropriate
investigations; Pathways of cardiovascular care that are agreed between
hospitals and across regions to optimise delivery of care and use of
resources; Implementation of the recommendation in the Report will take
time, collaboration across regions and between
hospitals and additional resources.
The full report is available here.