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Pledge on laboratory eGFR reports

All laboratories should be routinely reporting eGFR calculations from this week, the Department of Health has said.

All laboratories should be routinely reporting eGFR calculations from this week, the Department of Health has said.

Although the QOF now requires eGFR reporting to identify patients with chronic kidney disease, many GPs are not receiving the data.

Dr George Kassianos, a GP in Bracknell, Berkshire, said: 'We need a marker for renal impairment ­ eGFR is one of them. None of the laboratories around me is able to give it to us.'

He added: 'We don't know whether they have any plans to do it.

'The department needs to be more proactive. It should have prepared the labs first.'

The department this week published a reminder to GPs that reiterated measurements of serum creatinine alone are 'insufficiently sensitive' to detect moderate chronic kidney disease.

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