When Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, based in the London Borough of Hackney, identified problems meeting turnaround times on urgent test requests from Accident and Emergency (A&E), the solution was to install the rapid transport system Tempus600.
Since the introduction at the hospital, the Tempus600 transport system has had a considerable impact on laboratory turnaround times which, in turn, has had a positive effect in breaches of the four-hour waiting time in A&E due to diagnostic delays within pathology have become almost non-existent.
Implementing the system into the daily work flow was a simple transition. Staff quickly became used to the sys- tem and they made very few mistakes. Therefore, it was possible to continue the normal day-to-day services whilst implementing the new routines.
“The system itself is fairly intuitive – users need very little training and maintenance is minimal” says Colin West, Head of Diagnostics at Homerton University Hospital.