eTriage--a novel, web-based triage and booking service: enabling timely access to sexual health clinics

Int J STD AIDS. 2010 Jan;21(1):30-3. doi: 10.1258/ijsa.2008.008466. Epub 2009 Nov 2.


In recent years, the sexual health of the nation has risen in profile. We face increasing demands and targets, in particular the 48-hour waiting time directive, and as a result clinic access has become a priority. eTriage is a novel, secure, web-based service designed specifically to increase access to our clinics. It has proved a popular booking method, providing access to 10% of all appointments across the Directorate within six months of introduction. KC60 analyses revealed that the majority of users (58%) underwent asymptomatic screening with the remainder having some degree of pathology. There was a greater percentage prevalence of human papilloma virus, chlamydia, non-specific urethritis, gonorrhoea, herpes and trichomonas in the eTriage population when compared with the general clinic population. A notes review illustrated a high degree of concordance between data entered on eTriage registration and clinical review (97%). A patient survey revealed high levels of patient satisfaction with the service. As an adjunct to our existing booking services, eTriage has served to increase patient choice and has proved itself to be a safe, efficient and effective means of improving patient access.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Appointments and Schedules
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Triage / methods*
  • United Kingdom