We have audited the first 3 yr of a new open access gastroscopy service in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast to assess service demands, patient demography and diagnostic trends. Over 3 yr there were 1872 referrals (800 from fundholding general practitioners), 8.8 per cent were non attenders and 5.4 per cent cancelled appointments. Endoscopic diagnostic categories showed no significant change over the 3 yr, 39 per cent non ulcer dyspepsia, 35 per cent gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), 17 per cent peptic ulcer disease (PUD), 6 per cent GORD and PUD, 1 per cent gastric erosions and 0.8 per cent carcinoma.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Irish journal of medical science|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 1998|
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