Table 1

 Baseline characteristics

Original (n = 18 469)Sample (n = 1065)
MTS, Manchester Triage System; NA, not applicable.
*Paediatric subspecialties—for example, neurology, gastroenterology.
†Other hospitals, departments other than paediatrics or paediatric surgery, unknown.
Male sex, n (%)10 575 (57.3)588 (55.2)
Age (years), mean (SD)4.9 (4.3)4.6 (4.3)
Specialty
    Paediatrics10 648 (57.7)725 (68.1)
    Paediatric surgery6792 (36.8)303 (28.5)
    Other*1029 (5.5)37 (3.5)
Referral, n (%)
    Self-referred11 216 (60.7)588 (55.2)
    General practitioner3985 (21.6)230 (21.6)
    Paediatrician/paediatric surgeon1886 (10.2)90 (8.4)
    Ambulance977 (5.3)60 (5.6)
    Other/unknown†405 (2.2)97 (9.1)
MTS category, n (%)
    Emergent152 (0.8)127
    Very urgent3638(19.7)276
    Urgent4414 (23.9)271
    Standard7535 (40.8)284
    Non-urgent148 (0.8)107
    Missing2142 (11.6)NA
    Over-ruled440 (2.4)NA