Case Study: SpiroConnect Spirometer - Eltham Health GPPN and Meridian Doctors GPPN & Greenwich CCG
David James - Business Manager & Commissioning Project Lead
"Not only is this a better way of testing in terms of patient safety, but also quicker and easier for the nursing team, saving up to 10 minutes administration time per test."
As part of our Long Term Conditions Plan, Greenwich GPPNs needed to provide a Spirometry Service for patients. Funding was therefore allocated to all Practices in Greenwich to purchase a new Spirometer.
After reviewing various models, we decided to purchase the SpiroConnect system from Numed Healthcare, which is fully integrated with the three leading clinical systems, Vision, EMIS and SystmOne. The integration software automatically uploads the patient details into the Spirometry software, and at the end of the test files a high quality pdf spirometry report and all relevant spirometry, Asthma, COPD and SpO2 Read codes directly into the correct patient’s medical record. Not only is this a better way of testing in terms of patient safety, but also quicker and easier for the nursing team, saving up to 10 minutes administration time per test.
Our Practices have now been using the SpiroConnect systems for 2 – 3 months, and it is clear that the equipment has allowed our GPPN to offer a better level of care to a group of patients with complex needs, thus reducing demand for community and acute services.
Here is what nurses from two of our Practices had to say about their new Spirometer:
“The Spirometer is incredibly easy to use and has made a huge difference in reducing hospital referrals and getting more accurate results so VERY VERY pleased!”
Jane Hughes, Practice Nurse, Burney Street Practice
“We are finding the Numed system incredibly easy to use (for ECG, Ambulatory Blood Pressure and Spirometry). For the SpiroConnect, being able to see results on the computer screen and demonstrate to our patients in a graphic way is extremely helpful to them and to us! Not having to enter data and Read codes manually is a great time saver and ensures greater accuracy. The wire-free SpiroConnect handset is much less restrictive and more comfortable for patients to use.”
Helen Attrill, Practice Nurse, Eltham Medial Practice
We are pleased with the overall level of service and support received from Numed and would recommend their integrated diagnostic products to any busy GP Practice with similar Long Term Conditions plans.