Open access echocardiography

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7000.325b (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:325
  1. Jeremy J Murphy,
  2. Christopher M Bossingham
  1. Consultant cardiologist Chief cardiac technician Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington, County Durham DL3 6HX

    General practitioners use echocardiography appropriately

    EDITOR,--C M Francis and colleagues report their experience with open access echocardiography in the management of heart failure in Edinburgh.1 General practitioners were sent a summary of the findings on scanning together with recommendations concerning changes to treatment, although the authors present no information to show that such changes were implemented.

    A pilot open access service is available to general practitioners in Darlington, and over 200 patients have been referred. Before …

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