Background A minority of patients present to GU services with complex, recurrent or chronic issues requiring senior review which is challenging in a busy walk-in service. A specialist clinic was set up to facilitate appropriate diagnosis and management.
Objectives To describe referral patterns, diagnoses and outcomes.
Methodology Retrospective case note review of booked patients between 2 September 2010 and 9 December 2010. Demographics, referrer, reason for referral, management and outcomes collected.
Results 102 appointments were made for 84 patients 65 attended, 82 reviewed. 55% were female. Average age 36. 94% referred from within the service, all staff groups represented including SpRs, nurses and clinical assistants. 20 patients had biopsies with 17/20, 85% providing a diagnosis. Of the 102 appointments 13% DNA; 11% cancelled by patient. Patients with vulval pain will be studied in more detail, data to follow (see abstract P160 table 1).
Conclusion The clinic was utilised by all staff groups, saw patients with a variety of conditions, predominantly dermatological and in the majority a definitive diagnosis was made. As well as improving patient management the clinic provided an excellent training opportunity and has resulted in improved links particularly with Dermatology and Histopathology.