Integrated Care Northamptonshire

Point of Care Testing

Point of Care Testing is a new initiative across Northamptonshire and has been run as a pilot, allowing patients to stay at home where clinically safe, and reducing admissions to hospital through effective community management.

This was an innovative scheme supporting all sectors in the ICS system and with a system wide impact. Utilising diagnostic advances, paramedics hosted by primary care have been able to complete key blood tests at patients’ homes to empower clinicians to make informed and appropriate decisions about their ongoing care.

The judges were impressed with the multidisciplinary approach, finding the innovation genuinely novel. They said this was an excellent presentation which not only focused on the efficiencies but also on the improved patient and staff satisfaction.

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