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Table 3 Ten most frequently presented problems for GP cooperative, self-referrals (AED) and patients brought in by the ambulance services

From: Out-of-hours demand for GP care and emergency services: patients' choices and referrals by general practitioners and ambulance services

GP cooperative n % AED: self-referrals n % AED: ambulance services n %
1. Fever 1549 7.9 1. Skin laceration/wound 90 12.4 1. Chest pain 29 10.9
2. Request for prescription 971 5.0 2. Hand/fingers 72 9.9 2. Syncope 29 10.9
3. Cough 863 4.4 3. Ankle 71 9.8 3. Shortness of breath 20 7.5
4. Vomiting 706 3.6 4. Wrist 69 9.5 4. Skin laceration 17 6.4
5. Shortness of breath 649 3.3 5. Knee 67 9.2 5. Head injury 12 4.5
6. Earache 625 3.2 6. Foot 46 6.3 6. Coma 11 4.2
7. Advice regarding medication 512 2.6 7. Shortness of breath 19 2.6 7. General injury 10 3.8
8. Skin laceration 471 2.4 8. Leg/thigh 18 2.5 8. Hip 10 3.8
9. Diarrhoea 451 2.3 9. Chest pain 16 2.2 9. Paresis/paralysis 8 3.0
10. Generalised abdominal pain 449 2.3 10. Arm 14 1.9 10. Leg/thigh 7 2.6
Total 19562 100.0   733 100.0   265 100.0
  1. Both periods of four months combined. Totals from all presented problems (up to 3 per patient).