Table 4

 Action that would have been taken by the assessing nurse if the patient had not been recruited into the trial

ActionNumber (n = 600)Percentage
Telephone general practitioner and ask them to come to the peripheral emergency department to see patient6010.0
Arrange appointment for patient with a general practitioner508.3
Bring patient back to see general practitioner later today or on a following day28247.0
Ask patient to wait until a general practitioner comes to the peripheral emergency department14724.5
Arrange for patient to be seen at the peripheral emergency department specialist clinic111.8
Refer directly to the main emergency department142.3
Refer to an inpatient team at the main hospital30.5
Ring general practitioner for advice315.2
Ring the main emergency department for advice20.3