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Traditional referral methods

Posted or Faxed referrals from GP colleagues have some disadvantages:

  1. Often not acknowledged- GP and patient may not be aware that referral is lost or never received in the correct department.
  2. When Faxed and Posted can lead to two referrals being created in parallel
  3. Hard to 'bump' or steer to a different service (eg for an open access investigation)
  4. Results posted or delivery in paper format which have to be scanned back into the GP record system
  5. no feedback is supplied on appropriateness.

Referring Patients to HasteNinGS

We accept referrals by post, fax or email and will ackowledge each or make a suggestion if an alternative seems more appropriate.  We will send results to your practices NHS email address or Fax. We are planning a continous audit of appropriateness ratings which will be fed to each referring GP.

In addition we are exploring an even more innovative way of handling referrals and dispatch of results using a shared hard drive described below.

Shared Drive:

This is a new scheme that we are piloting whereby the entire process of referral, results, and letters are managed using an encrypted shared drive on a secure server.

The result is made accessible to selected individuals- usually the referring GP and anyone within the same 'group'. 

Suitable parts of the record can also be accessed by patients joining the scheme.

Use of this system requires patient consent and for a data sharing agreement to be put in place between each participating GP Surgery, Haste Academy and our third party data provider.

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Edward Leatham is a Consultant Cardiologist in Surrey and a Trustee of Haste and Haste Academy.

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