What is same day emergency care?
Same day emergency care (sometimes called SDEC) is one of the many ways the NHS is working to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time for patients.
It aims to benefit both patients and the healthcare system by reducing waiting times and hospital admissions, where appropriate.
Patients presenting at hospital can be rapidly assessed, diagnosed and treated without being admitted to a ward.
If safe to do so, patients can go home the same day their care is provided.
This short animation is designed to explain same day emergency care, where it fits within the urgent and emergency care system and the benefits it provides to both staff and patients.