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Interrupted time series analysis of admissions before and after introduction of rapid review clinics in two centres
  1. Chun Wai Chik1,
  2. Chan Lok Hei Christy1,
  3. Amalraj Raja2,
  4. Stephen W Turner1
  1. 1University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
  2. 2Medical Statistics, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stephen W Turner, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK; s.w.turner{at}abdn.ac.uk

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Rapid review clinics (RRCs), or ‘hot clinics’, provide an outpatient review during working hours within 24 hours of the child being referred from the community, and have been established for almost 30 years.1 We are not aware of any evaluation of the impact of RRC on acute admissions.

We identified two hospitals in Scotland with an RRC. Both are consultant led and available Mondays–Fridays. Referrals which are eligible for RRC review include general practitioner urgent referrals, early reviews post-discharge from ward and children needing urgent blood sampling. Hospital one’s RRC started April 2018 and has two slots in the morning and two in the afternoon. Hospital two’s RRC started in July 2020, slots are booked by consultants and the clinic has six slots a day. Sometimes there are more than six children seen but …

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Footnotes

  • CWC and CLHC are joint first authors.

  • Contributors SWT conceived the idea and collected the data. CWC and LHC wrote the first draft. AR analysed the data.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.