Original Papers

Satisfaction rates with the current Special Type Consultation (STC) reimbursement scheme among General Practitioners – A Mixed Methods Study. 

A Kiely, S O’Meara, N Fitzgerald, AM Regan, P Durcan, G McGuire, ME Kelly (P527)

Kiely et al report on a survey of the STC scheme.  The message is that the scheme is outdated and in need of revision.

Out of sight, out of mind? A national survey of paediatricians in Ireland regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders 

I Gill, F Sharif  (P528)

Gill and Sharif report on the findings of a questionnaire about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.  Knowledge about the condition is variable.  One third were unaware of the condition, while 34% believed that most children have dysmorphic features.  40% ask about maternal alcohol consumption in the context of developmental delay.

An Irish Experience in Establishing and Evaluating an Intern Led Teaching Programme 

A Jenkinson, E Kelleher, D Moneley, G Offiah (P529)

Jenkinson et al describe the intern led teaching programme (ILT).  81% of students found the ILT programme beneficial.  The students stated that the person that they would most likely approach with a question was the intern 

Nurse Triage in an Irish Out-of-hours General Practice Co-Operative

D Mulcahy, C O’Callaghan, A Hannigan (P530)

Mulcahy et al describe the role of triage nurses in out of hours GP co-operatives.  Among 110,039 contacts with the service, 19,147 (17.4%) were managed by nurses.

Emergency Aeromedical Services in Ireland – A Single-Centre Study in 2014 

GA Sheridan, D Cooper, JP Gibbons, O Breathnach, JF Quinlan (P531)

Sheridan et al report on the activity of the helicopter emergency services (HEMS).  The service was established in 2012.  In 2014, 39 patients were transferred via the HEMS to Tallaght hospital.  The commonest reasons for transfer were plastic surgery input (50%) and paediatric care (38%).