Paperless patient records are a necessity, but a new, US–made system at Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge is a chronic misreading of patient needs.
When you walk into my GP’s surgery, the first thing you see is a screen on the receptionist’s counter....
Mike McNamara's insight:
When will governments stop wasting so much of our taxpayers money?
So many Patient Records Systems have come and gone, each failing the 'real' needs of it's users. One trust even considered buying a system from a vendor that only had one customer; an overseas hospital that had yet to open!!!
Having worked in the past for many years implementing 'real' & complex records/data management systems for large commercial companies, a patient records system is no more complex than some of the systems I worked on. It's unfathomable to me (and I am sure to may others) as to why it has taken so long and so much money to achieve so little.
Perhaps that fact that it is taxpayers money that makes everyone involved so ambivalent to the final outcome. The money wasted so far would have been far better spent on other NHS requirements.
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GPs are encouraging people to download a free Sheffield NHS smartphone app to help them access the right NHS services during the winter months.
The health service finder and symptom checker app, launched by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, is to help people who live and work in Sheffield find the most appropriate NHS service for their illness or injury.
The app also includes a symptom checker, as well as giving clear details about what each NHS service does, when it should be used and uses location settings to pinpoint the nearest service.
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More than 50 patients have died after an NHS trust introduced a secret policy to downgrade 999 calls and not to send ambulances to terminally ill patients.
Managers at East of England ambulance trust were accused of “the most cruel form of rationing imaginable” after admitting that 8,000 patients had been affected by the changes.
An internal NHS report discloses that 57 patients died after their calls were downgraded following a decision not to send ambulances to the terminally ill and to those who had given instructions not to resuscitate.
It meant that, instead of receiving a response from paramedics in eight minutes, people reporting life-threatening illnesses were given a call back up to 20 minutes later, or had to wait up to an hour for an ambulance.
Mike McNamara's insight:
This is unbelievable!!! Who at this NHS Trust said that they should play at being God and decide who should live or die.
If Hunt does not order an enquiry, then I shall assume that he was the one that said that this was okay. We will be writing to our MP about this urgent matter.
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There are grave doubts over the NHS’ capacity to cope with ever-growing demand this winter after emergency departments recorded their worst week in a decade, and more than a dozen hospitals were forced to implement “major incident” emergency plans.
Dr Neil Modha, chief clinical officer for the NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), advised using A&E or 999 only when people are acutely ill or in a life-threatening condition.
Instead, people should see their GP, or use minor injury units or walk-in centres. If their GP practice is closed, he suggested calling the out-of-hours GP service first on 111, or seeking advice from a pharmacist.
Figures show attendance at A&E in all of the CCG’s trusts was up by as much as 10 per cent, compared to 2013. At Hinchingbrooke, despite the rise in demand, it was last week seeing 96 per cent of patients within four hours.