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Reducing waiting times for GU medicine appointments: The impact of a new appointment system

Lookup NU author(s): Anthony Hildreth


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Our objective was to reduce the 'did not attend' (DNA) rates and waiting times by introducing a new confirmatory appointment system prior to their attendance at both Hartlepool and Middlesbrough genitourinary (GU) medicine departments. In Middlesbrough it was previous day appointment confirmation, whereas at Hartlepool it was 10 days. Both systems achieved significant attendance rates of 83.4% and 79.1% at Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, in comparison to 68.7% and 75.0% prior to the new system. The new system will improve the departmental capacity.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tayal SC, Opaneye AA, Crinion S, Hildreth AJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of STD and AIDS

Year: 2006

Volume: 17

Issue: 3

Pages: 173-175

ISSN (print): 0956-4624

ISSN (electronic): 1758-1052

Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd.


DOI: 10.1258/095646206775809187

PubMed id: 16510004


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