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Atrial fibrillation software can help NHS go greener

A 'greener' NHS is about much more than just telephone and internet consultations in primary care and reusing surgical instruments, as reported in the national press this week.

Huge savings could be made on hospital appointments and unnecessary travel if GPs had greater support in the community, for instance by email consultations with secondary care.

One example is the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Warfarin reduces the incidence of stroke in these patient by 70% but is not without its risks.

NHS Enterprise East has produced software (www.theauricle.co.uk) to help doctors and patients weigh up the risks and benefits and save hospital appointments and strokes - and even the planet.

From Dr John Havard, Saxmundham, Suffolk

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