Connolly Hospital Trauma Assessment Clinic (TAC): a virtual solution to patient flow


Connolly Hospital Trauma Assessment Clinic (TAC): a virtual solution to patient flow


Martin Kelly, Nicholas O’Keeffe, Ara Francis, Conor Moran, Karen Gantley, Fintan Doyle & Paddy Kenny 



Trauma Assessment Clinics (TAC) were pioneered by the Glasgow Royal Infirmary Group. Patients deemed for non-operative management are referred to the TAC for review by an orthopaedic consultant with multidisciplinary team (MDT) support. Connolly Hospital launched a TAC on 11 September 2018.


The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect the introduction of this initiative had on patient flow in our institution.


We performed a retrospective review of the Connolly Hospital TAC for the 6-month period since its introduction. We evaluated patient demographics, injuries and outcomes. Furthermore, we retrospectively reviewed the fracture and elective clinic attendances pre- and post-TAC introduction.


Over the first 6 months of this initiative, there were 36 trauma assessment clinics. Two hundred forty-seven patients were reviewed with an average age of 42.3 years. 42.9% (N = 106) was reviewed directly by the physiotherapy department. 31.6% (N = 78) was scheduled directly for fracture clinic follow-up from the TAC. 8.2% (N = 45) was discharged directly to their GP from TAC. A review of fracture clinic attendances for the corresponding time period the previous year (from September 2017), highlighted a 22% decrease in new fracture clinic appointments.


Following the introduction of the TAC, we noted a marked reduction in fracture clinic attendances. Our outcomes were consistent with results from other units. We established two injection clinics as a direct result of the time saved from the TAC. It has proven to be of benefit to both the trauma and elective patients in our institution.

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Year 2020
Language English
Format PDF
DOI 10.1007/s11845-019-02126-0