Notifying urgent after-hours laboratory results - Whanganui DHB

13 Jan 2011 | Adverse Events

Because these patients have left the hospital by the time their lab results come through, previously it was not always clear who should contact them in the case of abnormal results. Where quick action or treatment was required, this lack of follow-up could put patients at significant risk.

The new process ensures all results go to the consultant who is responsible for the patient’s care, and it is the consultant who is responsible for taking follow-up action.

The fax form notifying results has also been modified to make abnormal results very clear, so urgent action can be taken if required.

Last updated 19/01/2012