“Murmur clinic” – A novel use of cardiology resources to address an unmet need

Currently asymptomatic murmurs heard by General Practitioners (GP’s) are not meeting threshold for review by Cardiologists as per Ministry of Health guidelines. Anecdotal experience showed that we were missing a significant number of patients with serious pathology, by relying heavily on the clinical acumen of GP’s to distinguish the pathological from the physiological murmur. The decision was therefore made to set up a Murmur clinic to review patients with asymptomatic murmurs and to audit results to determine whether murmur clinic is an appropriate utilisation of resource.

T. Pasley, G. Porter
Tauranga Hospital, Tauranga
Heart, Lung and Circulation – Volume 23, Supplement 1, e1-e48
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