At Duality Health we understand how difficult medical uncertainty can be…..
Patients will often contact Out of Hours and complain to the second Doctor: “I think it is more than a virus, I think it needs antibiotics”; “the Doctor felt it wasn’t a blood clot, but I am not sure”. How can the Doctor know?
Point of Care Testing is the ability to undertake blood and other testing that previously relied on Laboratory Samples being sent away to the Hospital Environment. These results are quick, accurate and allow clinical decisions to be made by the bedside based on Quantifiable data. We have invested in this technology for your safety, reducing the uncertainty of assessing the sick patient.
CRP Testing: Do you need antibiotics for that cough?
The National Institute of Clinical Health (NICE) recommend “CRP” Point of Care Testing, particularly for suspected “chest infections”. Point of Care CRP Tests are NOT standard practice in NHS General Practice and Out of Hours Services due to financial constraints.
We at Duality Health have invested in Point of Care CRP testing. The CRP test can guide clinicians towards the likelihood of infections being viral or bacterial and whether or not antibiotics are needed or clinically advisable. This is an excellent adjunct to the clinicians arsenal and patient assessment.
Read more about CRP testing.
D-Dimer Testing: Worried whether or not you have a blood clot (DVT)?
D-Dimer testing is the “Gold Standard” screening test for blood clots in the body to determine if further imaging is needed. A negative result is accepted as definitive evidence of an “all clear”. Currently this test is only available to most NHS GPs after sending your blood test to the local hospital, delaying the diagnosis usually until the end of, or after the working day has finished. Alternatively, this is a test which is available in A+E.
We at Duality Health have invested in Blood Clot (D-Dimer) Point of Care Testing. We can determine the likelihood of a blood clot by the end of your consultation – then take appropriate action.
Read more about blood clots and D-Dimer Testing.
Imaging: For those places it is difficult to see…..
We have invested in video imaging for ears, throats and skin lesions. With this equipment, we have the ability to view the tonsils, eardrums and enlarge the skin lesion in High Definition. This is an excellent resource, particularly for engaging children. No more worries about whether the doctor saw pus on the tonsil, or whether they got a good enough look in the ear of the wriggling child.