GP efficiency is improved

Local GPs are now able to request tests for patients in quicker and in a more efficient way thanks to new technology installed at the Trust, health chiefs say.

The Nottinghamshire Health Informatics Service (NHIS) is putting in place electronic-requesting technology throughout GP practices in the north of the county.

E-requesting allows GPs to ask King’s Mill or Newark hospitals to perform pathology and/or radiology tests like liver/kidney function tests and x-rays electronically.

Information about the patient and the test requested is entered into the computer system by the GP practice; a barcode is then printed off from a specialist printer which is then placed on the sample at the time of the sample being collected from the patient.

The information is then available staff to scan and read at the hospital.

The specialist bar code printers are funded thanks to a Regional Innovation Fund grant from NHS East Midlands.

The scheme is also to be showcased to Ministers and over 10,000 delegates next week at the National Innovation Healthcare EXPO event in London.

One GP surgery that has so far benefited from e-requesting is Clipstone Health Centre.

Dr Belinda Hirsh, a GP based at the centre, said: “Everyone at the surgery is very grateful to have had e-requesting installed. It allows the GPs at the health centre to work quicker and in a more efficient way.”