“This is exactly the type of service we want to be providing more of,” explains Allister Grant, RCHT’s Medical Director. “We don’t want people to have to travel unnecessarily for a test that could easily be carried out close to home and provide local GPs and community clinicians with the answers they need to start treatment or manage a concern without a trip to hospital.”
‘Point of Care testing’ can be used in support of a diagnosis of a wide range of conditions, as well as confirming illness such as flu. The investment will also allow standardisation of equipment across the NHS in Cornwall and make it available in more locations, including Urgent Treatment Centres.
The ‘point of care testing’ comes in addition another pathology development which has recently seen the initial roll out of ‘lab in a bag’ testing that is now being used overnight by paramedics as part of the Cornwall 111 – Integrated Urgent Care Service.
Today’s announcement is the latest boost for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals which has benefited considerably from recent funding announcements with a £30 million scheme to rebuild our inpatient cancer ward and a new MRI department due to start this year and longer-term, a £99 million for a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.