Turning off Hard Copy Reports

Written by Craig Webster on Friday, 08 August 2014. Posted in General

Turning off Hard Copy Reports

As you will be aware, laboratory reports are sent to your Practice both by electronic transfer and in hard copy form. The Directorate has received several requests to cease printing and sending hard copy reports as they have limited value with the current electronic systems in place. Unfortunately, until recently, it has not been possible to prevent the printing of hard copy reports to individual locations. We are pleased to inform you that technical advancements now make this possible.

Since 1st July 2009, we have been offering you the choice of whether you receive hard copy reports or not. Due to Quality Assurance requirements this cannot apply to Cytology reports. In order to proceed to a paperless system your practice will need to be compliant with the Department of Health ‘Good Practice Guidelines for General Practice Electronic Records, Version 4 (2011). This can be found at www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk Please could you draw this matter to the attention of all the Partners and salaried Doctors within your practice and indicate your requirement on the enclosed form? Please note that we can only cease hard copy reports on a location basis, therefore, all Doctors must be in agreement.

If you would like to explore the possibility of turning off hard copy reports, please contact us on 0121 4242035 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About the Author

Craig Webster

Craig Webster

Craig Webster

Consultant Clinical Scientist

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

 

I'm clinical lead for Biochemistry and Blood Sciences and I am responsible for R&D in the department of Biochemistry and Immunology and I have developed a number of projects utilising LC/MSMS, including, “LCMSMS methods for catecholamine metabolites”, “measurement of drugs of abuse”, “25-OH Vitamin D”, “8-Isoprostane”, “Vitamins A and E” and “Prednisolone and other steroids”

I have a wide-ranging technical background with major interests in HPLC, mass spectrometry, capillary electrophoresis and information technology. I can get by in objective-c, ruby and html/css. You can see some of my work on github at https://github.com/cwebster/ and I have an app on the app store for calculating sigma values for clinical assays https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/assay-specification-six-sigma/id672408581?mt=8 

I have supervised 6 students for the research component of their MSc and have gained grants for the study of glycated proteins in diabetes, hepcidin measurements in haemochromatosis, lab to lab communication and e-learning.

  • Waldron J, Webster C. Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for the measurement of serum mevalonic acid: a novel marker of hydroxymethylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibition by statins. Ann Clin Biochem. 2011 May;48(Pt 3):223–232.
  • Marrington R, Johnston J, Knowles S, Webster C. Measurement of urinary metadrenaline and normetadrenaline by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for the diagnosis of phaeochromocytoma. Ann Clin Biochem. 2010 Sep.;47(Pt 5):467–475.
  • Sulaiman et al. Ethnic differences in umbilical cord blood vitamin D and parathyroid hormone – South Asians compared to Whites born in the UK. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine (0) vol. 0 (0) pp. 1-3
  • Development of an ID-MS method for measurement of pentosidine, an advanced glycosylation end-product, ACB Focus 2008
  • Development of an acid hydrolysis method for the quantification of total urinary opiates by LC-MS/MS., ACB Focus 2008
  • Development of a Liquid Chromatography- Tandem Mass Spectrometry method for measuring Urinary Free Cortisol and comparison with two different cortisol immunoassays, ACB Focus 2008

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