An innovative new service is being offered to patients who have attended the Sandyford Clinic, Sauchiehall Street, or one of the local sexual health clinics across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The new Electronic Information Prescription system sends appropriate sexual health information and advice to the patient’s mobile phone or home computer following a diagnosis.
Often a patient will attend either the Sandyford or one of the local clinics with a sexual health problem. After they receive a diagnosis from health care professionals they may want or need additional information.
With the new system doctors, nurses and sexual health professionals can instantly send an Information Referral form through the National Sexual Health System (NaSH) to the library at Sandyford Central.
Library staff identify appropriate information and web links from trusted and reliable sources and send these directly to the patient.
Dr Rosie Ilett, Sandyford General Manager said: “We know that access to quality health information is beneficial to people and helps them to make informed choices about their own healthcare.
“But often patients are too distressed and worried to fully absorb the information given to them by the doctor, nurse or health adviser during their consultation.
“They can leave unsure about what has been explained to them, or they can’t remember some of the information they have just been given.
“If it is a complex enquiry that may take a bit longer to pin down, we will post or email the information to the client, with their permission, by the next day.”
Those who prefer to receive printed information can still do so, and those attending Sandyford Central can call into the library direct from their consultation.
For more information about Sandyford services clinic on to www.sandyford.org
Notes to Editors
The service is based on the Information Prescription (IP) form created by managers of the Sandyford library and information service in 2003, but at that point only available at Sandyford Central as a manual system.
The IP system has been extremely popular with both the staff and clients, with around 1800 being received per annum and the new process builds on that
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].
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