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Laboratory Medicine

General Information / Electronic Test Requesting

Electronic test requesting 'Ordercomms' ensures the correct data is obtained for completion of the test request and minimises the risk to the patient associated with the manual input of patient information when received by the laboratory.

Electronic requesting has been rolled out in many areas within York Hospital and Scarborough Hospital and to all GP surgeries utilising the York and Scarborough Laboratories. 

We would ask our users to help us to provide the best service we can by ensuring that bar codes are of good quality and placed correctly on the tubes.  This is an example of GOOD and BAD labelling Click Here.

In visits to GP practices over the last year, during our roll out of ICE ordercomms requesting, a number of people have asked if we could setup an easier way to make the multiple requests normally associated with common ailments.  

We have sought the opinions of clinical scientists, laboratory operational management, and of the many funding CCGs in our area for evidence based and / or cost-effective profiles for screening a primary care population.  The ICE interface is shared among all users, so by their nature these profiles have to be a compromise.

We are pleased to inform you that we now, subject to review, have the following Test Profiles available for use on ICE requesting.  

Dementia

Diabetes

Tired all the time

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Osteoporosis

Chronic Kidney Disease

? Heart Failure

Hypertension

Depression (lithium therapy)

Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack

Persistent Abnormal LFTs

Coronary Heart Disease

Please Click Here for more information and screenshots, share it with your Ordercomms-using colleagues, and feedback any comments or issues.

 

An e-learning package is available on the Learning Hub for how to place Ordercomms.  If you have any issues relating to electronic requesting your first point of contact is:

The following information has also been provided which may be of help to you:

ICE Requesting York Trust User Form: Click Here

ICE Desktop Interoperability Guide for SystmOne: Click Here

Pathology Requesting Quick Guide SystmOne: Click Here

ICE Desktop Interoperability Guide for EMIS Systems: Click Here

 

 

 

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Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.


Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.  After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.  Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.