Blackburn with Darwen - Direct Access to Non-Obstetric Ultrasound. The NHS supports the need to develop improved access to diagnostic tests as part of the drive to reduce waiting times and improve choice options for patients. The need to develop community based diagnostic services is supported by the Royal College of General Practitioners as part of a service strategy to improve access to tests and ensure these tests are delivered at the right stage of the patient pathway. The overarching aims of the service are:
• To ensure patients receive the right test at the right time and in the most clinically appropriate local setting – ‘Care closer to Home’;
• To ensure diagnostic testing is integrated across pathways of care, that the report and images follows the patient and that there is no unnecessary duplication of investigation;
• To enable patients and referring clinicians to access a choice of provision according to patient choice, clinical need and relevant care pathway; and
• To ensure diagnostic tests are appropriate, necessary, clinically correct, of high quality, with timely access and reporting.
The Commissioners require a direct access community non-obstetric ultrasound service, which will incorporate a rapid (4 hour) access for patients with suspected DVTs, offered by staff qualified to appropriate levels of skill and experience, using connection to NHS information and image transfer solutions, the ability to integrate with the Choose and Book system, robust performance management systems and stringent levels of clinical governance.