April 2004
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA109
Academic Journal
Chronic functional abdominal pain is a common and difficult to treat complaint in gastroenterology clinics. A 6 month audit revealed that a total of 222 patients contacted the open access service. 71 patients contacted with a new exacerbation or refractory disease. Of these 66 were referred to clinic and were seen within five working days compared to a mean of 8 weeks beforehand. The development of a nurse specialist led open access service for patients with lBD has facilitated a major improvement in the quality of patient care.


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