- Lean & streamlined approach – patients are referred to a one-stop clinic for assessment by their GP
- Fast diagnosis & turn around of results using Point of Care Testing within initial triage
- Access to medical history together with POCT results will enable clinicians to make the right decision, quickly, about the next best step for the patient
- Quality assurance & governance about how POCT is delivered
- Care within the community and better continuity of care
- Reducing the need for patients to make follow up appointments with their GP
- Linking up with other services such as patient transport, specialist nursing, community hospitals & social servicing enabling the patient a far better probability of being treated at home
- One-stop service, reducing the chance of the patient being rebounded between services
- Reduced admissions into the acute setting
- Reduced workload for GP Practices
- Shared procurement across primary & secondary care of POCT devices & consumables
- Reduced IM&T costs
- The potential to reduce either the number or skills needed for nurses within GP practices.
- Reduced logistics costs – e.g. by installing a centrifuge at the centre, one collection could be realised within the collection of blood samples instead of 1 to 2 a day at each GP practice
- Could facilitate vaccinations within the community for multiple GP practices such as flu jabs, MMR, chickenpox etc..