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Outpatient clinic

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An outpatient department or outpatient clinic is the part of a hospital for people with health problems who visit the hospital for diagnosis or treatment, but do not at this time need to stay in the hospital. Modern outpatient departments offer a wide range of treatment services, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures.

In the past patients with long term problems would come regularly to these clinics, sometimes once a year and sometimes more often. The COVID-19 pandemic meant this was seen as dangerous, so there has been a big increase in the use of telephone, video and email to check up on people.[1] There has also been a big increase in what is called patient-initiated follow-up appointments or PIFU. It is down to the patient to contact the hospital if they think they need medical help.[2]

Within the NHS there is now agreement that a “large proportion of patients can be managed without setting foot in a physical clinic”.[3]

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  1. Rapson2020-05-11T11:00:00+01:00, Jasmine. "Covid sparks boom in digital hospital outpatient appointments". Health Service Journal. Retrieved 2023-03-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. "Redefining patient empowerment with PIFU". Digital Health. 2022-08-11. Retrieved 2023-03-13.
  3. Carding2022-12-13T14:23:00, Nick. "The Download: How virtual outpatients saves lives". Health Service Journal. Retrieved 2023-03-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)