When it comes to managing a patient in a GP surgery, we need access to one of atleast 200 items of information that are specific to that practice. If we can't recall this from memory, or it's not immediately accessible, retrieving this information can waste precious minutes or even hours of our time, a colleagues time and , most importantly, our patients time and even put a patient's health at risk.
It's those 200 bits of local, practice-based, non-clinical information that Spip enables practices to provide for all clinicians caring for their patients:
- How do I organise an urgent ECG in the middle of a busy surgery?
- What do I tell a patient about how they will be informed of abnormal blood tests?
- Which helicobacter pylori test is used at this practice?
- I've seen a nine year old boy with suspected testicular torsion who needs emergency referral. Which team do I refer him to?
- The local DVT pathway says 'Do a D-dimer test'. How is this done at this practice?
- Where are echocardiograms carried out? How do I request one? What do I tell the patient about the appointment-making process?
- I've requested a chest x-ray on a 68 year old man with a cough. How do I alert his usual GP that he may have a significant diagnosis?
- What's the extension number for main reception?
- Who's the practice's child safeguarding lead?
- I need a foreign language interpreter.
- How do I organise an urgent coil fitting as emergency contraception?
- What's the door access code to the toilet?
Spip contains over 200 similar, simple-yet-essential everyday scenarios.
We’re the independent not-for-profit support organisation run by and for any GP in the UK working as a locum or salaried GP. Please support our work by joining us as a full member, from only £11 per month, and includes full use of LocumDeck.