NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) virtual fracture clinics initiative has won a major industry award.
The joint entry with the Scottish Government Health and Wellbeing Department, scooped the Health Service Journal’s “Acute Sector Innovation” prize at a glittering ceremony in London last night.
Thanks to this new streamlined approach only around a third of people with fractures who were previously routinely reviewed required to attend an orthopaedic appointment.
Following attendance at accident and emergency, patients who require orthopaedic review are now booked into a ‘Virtual Fracture Clinic’ rather than automatically attending a traditional clinic.
Here their notes and X-rays are reviewed ‘virtually’ by an orthopaedic consultant.
Patients are then contacted by a senior nurse and on the same day and either discharged or, if required, given an appointment to see the appropriate specialist at the appropriate time.
NHSGGC’s Anne Smith, acting General Manager for Trauma and Orthopaedics Surgery and Anaesthetics, said:
“I am delighted that this huge team effort involving nurses, consultants and administrators from A and E and Orthopaedic departments, has been recognised by this UK award.
“All of the staff involved have embraced the changes with great enthusiasm, recognising that it was in their power to treat patients better.”
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Pic: Some of the team collect the HSJ award at a glittering ceremony on London.