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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.  The roll out of electronic requesting to all GP surgeries utilising the Scarborough Laboratory is complete and electronic requesting for GP surgeries utilising the York Laboratory has begun. 

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.  



Tired all the time

Rheumatoid Arthritis


Chronic Kidney Disease

? Heart Failure


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.

The user guides for EMIS and SystMOne surgeries are reproduced here:

For EMIS User Guide Click Here

For ICE User Guide Click Here

If you have issues relating to electronic requesting your first point of contact is:

  • SNS IT Service Desk 

Telephone 01904 725000

  • Laboratory Medicine IT Application Specialist:

Eoin Ó Cuinneagáin
Telephone: 01904 724878


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