The Ardens Blood Test Due Analyser alerts practice staff to any blood tests due for the patient. This is based on any long term conditions they are diagnosed with, prescribed medication, and recorded diary entries. We also include patients eligible for CVD primary prevention screening based on NICE guidance. Please see full guidance on the items included here.


Please see this short video on an overview of how the Blood Test Due Analyser works.



Blood Test Due Analyser Alert

When accessing a patient record, practice staff will be alerted to any blood test due 

today and blood test diary entries due within a month or overdue. The alert will 

display in the pink QOF box.



Hovering over the alert will display further details of the blood tests due.


 


Empty spaces will denote that the patient does not have any outstanding blood tests for that area e.g. not on any chronic disease registers, no diary entries recorded in the timeframe or that the patient is up to date with their blood tests for that area. 


The blood test due are broken down into four categories:

  1. Medication monitoring bloods due or overdue - include blood tests relating to prescribed repeat medications.
  2. Long-term conditions blood due or overdue - includes blood tests relating to the patient's long term-conditions.
  3. Diary recall bloods due within 1 month or overdue - includes all Ardens Diary Recall System blood tests.
  4. CVD Primary Prevention bloods due to overdue - includes blood tests where a patient is eligible for screening for CVD primary prevention. 


The guidance we have based the above messages upon can be viewed here. We recognise that GP practices may wish to decide themselves which blood tests are actually required and this is the reason we have created these categories. For example if you are not using the Ardens Diary Recall System that you may ask your staff to ignore category (3) above.


This is the first version of the Blood Test Due Analyser. We are regularly reviewing the guidance it is based on and welcome feedback on your experience with using it.


Activation

This resource has been deployed to your GP practice as 'inactive'. Please complete the following steps if you wish to use it:

  1. Navigate to Resource Publisher > Shared Folders > Ardens Live Toolset > Blood Test Due Analyser.
  2. Right-click on each of the two resources displayed and select Status > Activate


Once active, the 'Blood Test Due Alert' will become active for all clinicians in your GP practice. If you wish to allow non-clinicians to see this alert (e.g. reception) then you will need to replace the triggers to include them. You can do this by right-clicking on the Blood Test Due Alert protocol and selecting Protocol > Manager Triggers. You will need to highlight and 'disable' the default triggers (top section) and add your own in the bottom section entitled 'Local Triggers'. Remember to replace both the 'Load Patient Record' and 'Update Patient Record'.


Blood Test Due Analyser Template

For practice staff that wish to view further details on the blood test due today or blood tests due in the future for the patient, double click on the Blood Test Due alert. 


This will launch the Blood Test Due Analyser template.



The template is broken down into two main sections: 

  • Blood tests due now
  • All blood tests routinely monitored for the patient


Blood tests due now

This section will display details of the blood tests due for the patient. The tick boxes for each of these will be selected by default and will display in the consultation once the template is saved. Please note - this is for the record only and does not 'request' the test(s). 



Any diary entries recorded for blood tests, will display the diary due date to the right of the field.



The date of the most recent phlebotomy code added to the patients record will display to the right (see below). This is useful to know if the blood tests have been carried out recently. 



All blood tests routinely monitored for the patient

This section will display all blood tests due for the patient, even if they are not due now.  It will show the blood tests due for each area and the timeframe, along with any blood test diary entries added via the Ardens Diary Recall System. This is useful if you wish to pro-actively complete any blood test due for the patient in the upcoming weeks.



The Further information section provides a link to this support article should you wish to refer back to it at anytime.



Saving the template will record in the consultation the blood tests that have been ticked and will prompt the user to launch the Ardens Phlebotomy template. This allows clinicians to record details of any procedures carried out.


Please note that the Blood Test Due Analyser is limited by the functionality that is available within EMIS Web. This means that users will still need to launch their usual system to generate phlebotomy requests (e.g. ICE).  



If you require any further assistance on the process above, please contact Ardens support on: support-emis@ardens.org.uk