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    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!
    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
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    Its to stop the staff getting DVT
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    Couldn't they put in a Digital monitor that bleeps..
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    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!!!
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    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.

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    Of all the subjects discussed on here queueing to see a Phlebotomist wasn't as expected as say removing remnants of gaffa tape from your cracked bumper.
    This forum is truly a fountain of knowledge
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    All our docs are fitted with a digital rolling screen which also gives info and then the names of next pat to go to doc or nurse,also a pc touch screen to log in on your arrival,paddy is ahead of the game it seems.
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by n brown View Post
    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 !''
    I can remember at the hospital a nurse in the waiting room calling for me by my middle name, Mr ...... you would think that the clinic nurses knew how to read the names on the hospital lists.

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    rumour has it that my brother in law , Clive, wasnt best pleased when the nurse called for Olive.
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