Want to take greater control over your health?
In order to give you more quality face-to-face time with your doctor we at the Putneymead Group Medical Practice have invested in innovative technology called SurgeryPod, It is located on the 3rd floor waiting area.This newly installed equipment is designed to give you greater control and flexibility over your health as well as allowing our medical staff to utilise their expertise more efficiently.
What is SurgeryPod?
SurgeryPod is a secure computer system which enables patients without clinical supervision, to perform their own checks such as blood pressure, weight, pulse, alcohol usage etc, which are then instantaneously updated into your patient records and can be immediately viewed by the doctors and nurses. It is not a replacement for your doctor or nurse but an addition to the practice.
Why do we have it?
We want to give our patients greater freedom and the opportunity for you to monitor your health without having to wait for an appointment. Primarily this will be used as an extension to your consultation with your GP or nurse. It will accurately record key data and send it directly to your GP. This means that when you start your face-to-face consultation your doctor will already have this key information giving you more time to discuss your health.
How does it work?
Using SurgeryPod is very simple. It allows you to perform these simple checks at your own convenience, without making an appointment during our opening hours and therefore allows you to spend more high-value time with the doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional when necessary. You may no longer need to arrange appointments or attend at inconvenient times for simple checks these can now be done at your convenience. You may wish to do your BP before you go in to see the doctor or nurse or you can come in any time to use it.
The SurgeryPod uses a touch screen, so you can press on the screen and it will recognise the selection you made. By following the instructions on screen, you can easily find your way around the Surgery Pod.
If you’re newly registered to the practice then the receptionist might ask you to do a ‘New Patient Check’. This helps the admin staff to gather information about you without having to fill out lots of forms. If you are an existing patient, start off by using the ‘Standard Checks’ test so you can get used to using the equipment. Your GP may direct you to other tests if needed.
What you can do on the Surgery Pod:
- Take your blood pressure
- Take your weight and calculate your BMI
- Enter information regarding your lifestyle i.e. smoking, alcohol, exercise and diet
- Carry out a series of stress and anxiety questionnaires
It is very simple to use for those that would like to use it and instructions are display at the pod. If you have difficulty you can ask a member of staff to help you. If any of the information you have entered means you need to see a doctor then the pod will direct you to make an appointment at reception, which doesn't need to be on the same day as using the pod.
All this information is entered directly into your medical notes.
So in order to help your doctor and to keep an eye on your own health visit the pod today.
Published: Aug 31, 2022
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