IT failure sees operations postponed amid backlog of 10000 blood tests

first_imgHowever, an email sent to staff, and seen by Health Service Journal, warns that the problems mean some test results have been sent back to the wrong location, or without enough information to link them to the right patient.The failings of the trust’s pathology system occurred as a result of a hardware fault 10 days ago, and have also affected patients at neighbouring Bradford Teaching Hospitals trust.The Leeds trust said more than 100 procedures have been postponed so far. Senior managers said surgery was being cancelled for operations which were not urgent, where there was a risk of bleeding that could require transfusion.Bradford trust said it was reviewing all patients and prioritising urgent and emergency cases, which could mean some operations being rescheduled.Suzanne Hinchliffe, deputy chief executive at Leeds Teaching Hospitals said GPs would be offered alternative services for routine blood tests until the problems were resolved.She said “all known” urgent blood tests had now been analysed, using manual systems.“There is an inevitable impact on routine non-urgent procedures for patients and for this we are very sorry but patient safety remains our top priority,” she told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “We have had to postpone 101 patients’ procedures as a result of problems with the pathology IT system.” NHS logo  ‘We have had to postpone 101 patients’ procedures as a result of problems with the pathology IT system’Suzanne Hinchliffe, deputy Chief Executive at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Leeds Teaching Hospitals trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country Credit:Dominic Lipinksi/PA Scores of operations have been cancelled at hospitals across Yorkshire after a major IT failure led to a backlog of 10,000 blood tests.Leeds Teaching Hospitals trust has ordered GPs to cancel all routine tests, after the failure of computer systems more than a week ago. Senior managers at the trust said urgent cases were being prioritised in order to maintain patient safety. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img


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