Table 3

Comparison of patients according to whether or not they were offered a clinic appointment within 3 months (whole cohort – rather than inter-hospital differences)

GROUP A: Patients “known” to the specialist team (n=3066)Group B: Patients who are new or not under follow-up (n=5806)
Not offered neurology clinic appointmentOffered neurology clinic appointmentNot offered neurology clinic appointmentOffered neurology clinic appointment
Number of patients (% of group)1621 (53%)1445 (47%)5153 (89%)653 (11%)
DNA rate at the given clinic (%)n/a14.3n/a11.5
Number of patients actually seen (% of group)n/a1238 (40%)n/a581 (10%)
Co-morbidity (% with Charlson score ≥1)123 (7.6%)75 (5.2%)904 (17.5%)65 (10%)
Mean age (years (SD))49.2 (17.3)43.7 (16.6)60.7 (19.7)47.3 (18.4)
Sex (% male)57.653.15553.6
Mean Length of Stay (days)5.33.96.53.8
Mean IMD rank954510 02511 27911 466
Mean number of ED visits in prior year3.43.82.62.4
Mean readmission rate in the year after38.4%48.5%30.1%35.0%
Mean number of ED visits in the year after3.42.92.02.2
Discharged to nursing home (%)4.42.49.82.8
  • *Group B is significantly different from Group A, p<0.01. ED, emergency department; IMD, Index of Multiple Deprivation; OPD, outpatient department.