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Frequent attenders to ophthalmic accident and emergency departments
  1. H G Sheth1,
  2. A G Sheth2
  1. 1Department of Ophthalmology, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, SW10 9NH, UK
  2. 2Department of Psychiatry, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, SW10 9NH, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Hiten G Sheth
 Department of Ophthalmology, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, SW10 9NH, UK; drhitensheth{at}yahoo.co.uk

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The issue of recurrent attenders to eye casualties has received little discussion in the ethics and health policy literature. As many ophthalmology departments offer a walk-in emergency service, protocols need to be in place to ensure appropriate use of this resource and also to identify potential psychiatric comorbidity in such attenders. We illustrate the problem with a recent case.

A 42-year-old woman self-presented 14 times over a 4-month period to the same ophthalmic accident and emergency (A&E) unit. …

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