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How to cut your workload and still make your point

Not a week passes without tips on how to achieve your points in CHD, or stroke, or diabetes, or asthma, or epilepsy, or hypothyroidism. The operative word being 'or'. In the real world, patients have two, three, four or all of those conditions. Does this mean you have to examine their records and see the patients as many times?

Not if you use an EMIS protocol called PrOtocol Q. Devised to be shared among EMIS LV users, the program interrogates an individual patient record for disease registers, drugs and tests, and tells you what data requires updating. Blood pressures, cholesterol, CK, HbA1c, lithium, LFTs, TFTs, you name it. It does more than the new contract asks for: BP and diabetes screen for patients on oral steroids, serum levels for those on digoxin or aminophylline, for example.

Patient on a nitrate? 'Why hasn't he got a G3(IHD) Read code?' it would ask.

Effectively, PrOtocol Q is a search tool. It is highly efficient and will go through its entire list of 80-plus queries in seconds.

If you want to test-drive this program and try it out on your own patients, e-mail YewCheen.Tang@gp-E83049.nhs.uk

Why spend so much time building your own protocol? PrOtocol Q is continually updated.

Dr Yew Cheen Tang

London NW7

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