Acute neurological problems: frequency, consultation patterns and the uses of a rapid access neurology clinic

In secondary care, some patients with acute neurological symptoms are never seen by a neurologist. Rapid access neurology clinics could provide patients with timely access to neurology services. We analysed a retrospective cohort of 12,024 consecutive patients attending the ‘immediate care’ area of the emergency department or the acute medical admissions unit of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. A total of 1,036 patients (9%) presented with a neurological complaint, of whom 680 (66%) did not have any contact with neurology services.