New blood testing equipment introduced at NCA

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New blood testing equipment introduced at NCA
25 June 2019

Eight new pieces of blood testing equipment have been introduced in the Radiology, Maxillofacial and Day Services units across the Oldham, Bury & Rochdale and North Manchester Care Organisations at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.

The kit has been introduced by the point of care testing team (POCT) to help staff measure blood coagulation in the circulatory system. The devices are called INR CoaguChek.

Using the new equipment, test results can be available within minutes, increasing the effectiveness on the units and improving patient experiences.

The Northern Care Alliance brings together Salford Royal and Pennine Acute trusts, and has over 17,000 staff.

Heather Andrews, Radiology Matron, said:

“The new equipment at Oldham and North Manchester has provided extra re-assurance that we can avoid delays in waiting for INR results. This enables the lists to run more efficiently and has improved the patient experience and staff expectations."

Joanne Davies, OMFS, Maxillofacial Nurse, said:

“We have not had to ask patients to wait pre-op for INR blood tests, which was sometimes anything up to two hours."

Kathryn Brearley, Day Surgery Unit, Ward Manager, said:

“Having this machine has enabled us to get an immediate result, check this is acceptable with the surgeon and keep the patient in their position on the theatre list. It stops operations being cancelled and doesn’t cause delays to theatre lists."