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Avoiding repeat investigations for stroke patients

Setting: Acute Care (Stroke Unit)

“When patients are transferred to our stroke unit from other hospitals, our stroke team can immediately see what investigations have already been carried out and can access the results.

“If we see that a patient has already had an echocardiogram or undertaken 24-hour tape ECG monitoring, there is no need to repeat this.

“This simple reduction in duplication saves time for the multi-disciplinary team and there are cost-saving benefits for the Trust. Most importantly, it ensures efficient, safer care for the patient.”

Dr Liz Heitz, Consultant Community Geriatrician, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

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