Research Article

Peripheral paediatric clinics: survey and medical audit.

Br Med J 1975; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5993.390 (Published 15 November 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;4:390
  1. S D Weller

    Abstract

    The work of the paediatric clinics in nine general-practitioner hospitals in country towns in the Bath Health District during 1972 was analysed with respect to the pattern of referrals and methods of management. It is concluded that no child suffered harm from being seen in a clinic without full laboratory and x-ray facilities. Nearly 98% of the consultations were deemed, even with a long period of hindsight, to have been completely satisfactory. The tremendous benefit to the patients and their families of being seen in a hospital near their home is not bought at the cost of a second-rate medical service.