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Chest X-ray within four hours of arriving at hospital (Introduced Oct 2015)

NICE 2014 recommend that organisations implement processes to allow diagnosis (including x-rays) and treatment of community acquired pneumonia within 4 hours of presentation to hospital.

‘A chest X-ray can show how much your lungs are affected. It can also help the doctor distinguish between pneumonia and other chest infections’

NHS Choices

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance to improve health and social care

 

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