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E-mail triage cuts neurology waiting times

E-mail triage of neurology referrals can ease the logjam in hospitals and relieve GP frustration with neurology services, research suggests.

Eight GPs used e-mail to refer patients potentially requiring hospital investigation to a neurologist in the study by the teleneurology service at Royal Hospital in Belfast and Erne Hospital in Enniskillen.

Of 76 referrals, 43 were dealt with without the need for a neurological consultation, according to results presented at the Royal Society of Medicine Telemed '03 conference in London last month.

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