Its to stop the staff getting DVT
Went for a Blood Test last month and the same old same old procedure was used.
Take a number and sit in area outside Phlebotomy. Phlebotomist sticks head out of door and calls a number. If it yours you go in.
Went today and a new procedure.
Take a number and sit in reception area. Phlebotomist walks from phlebotomy to reception and calls a number . If it is yours to walk to the phlebotomy are with the phlebotomist and go in.
This means the Phlebotomist has to walk about 2 minutes per patient, which increases treatment time and causes longer queues and means less appointments.
I asked her why and she explained that one of the Fire Exits in the old waiting is also access a staff only area and thus had a keypad lock.
In the event of a Fire
If there are no staff in the area (unlikely as there are 5 treatment rooms most of which are occupied thought out the day) and the other three Fire Exits were all blocked, then patients would be trapped.
So H&S closed the waiting area!
Our local hospital in Kent had a similar system....then they put a screen up to show which number was next ( like the meat/fish counter) and you walked yourself to the phlebotomy room! I like to think common sense would prevail in the end!!!
I noticed something similar in our Doctor's surgery recently.
The Doctors used to call your name from their surgeries on a tannoy/intercom thing when they were ready for the next patient. Now they walk to the waiting room and call your name. I decided it must be to give them more exercise.
our newest hosp has a scrolling list of patients . also thanks to H&S, you can use a different name , to protect your privacy . which they can't control
last time i was there ,for knee and eye work ,i was called out over the tannoy ''Limpy Mc Squinty !''
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