Since the introduction of the European Working Time Directive, the daily practice of the junior doctor on-call has changed. Junior doctors are now expected to cover surgical specialties of which they have had no experience . Ironically this is at the times of day when there is no immediate
senior help at hand, which has left many doctors feeling exposed.
This is a concise text that gives junior doctors the guidance that they need to cope with on-call emergency problems for both common and severe surgical disease seen in the emergency department, as well as specific ward-based problems that may occur.
The Handbook for Surgical Cross-Cover is an indispensable guide to cross-covering surgical specialties out-of-hours and appeals to a wide readership, all junior surgical doctors (those below consultant grade), medical doctors covering surgical acute admissions, members of the hospital-at-night teams
and medical students interested in learning more about the practical management of patients.