Some patients have had problems with appointment bookings at Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough City Hospitals following a recent update to their IT systems.
The hospitals, managed by North West Anglia Trust, switched over to one joined up computer system last month. The big switch was a step along the road to unifying the Trust after their merger in 2017.
Staff previously had to navigate two separate computer systems when booking appointments, and producing patient letters.
We welcome this change as it should, once the teething issues have been sorted out, help them manage patient letters and bookings more easily.
What people told us
The main issues people told us about included
- People being sent appointments and then when they arrive at the hospital there is no appointment booked.
- Waiting for an overdue appointment and unable to find out when this will be.
- Appointments being re-arranged multiple times.
- Patients missing appointments as they didn’t get notification that they had an appointment.
What NWAFT told us
We got in touch NWAFT to ask them for an update. We wanted to know what they were doing to sort out problems with mixed up appointments and who patients could contact if they have a problem.
David Pratt, Director of Finance, and executive sponsor of the project told us that:
‘Our teams have worked hard to keep the impact on patients to a minimum. However as with any project of this size there have been some teething problems with clinic appointments and letters. The PAS project team is working closely with the Outpatients Department to ensure that clinic appointments are correct and patients are rebooked where appointments have been cancelled.’
‘We are also aware that a small number of patients have experienced issues with appointment letters due to some technical issues that occurred in the first week of implementation. For the most part, patients’ addresses are now correct on the system, but we are checking the information on the system against demographic data held nationally to ensure we capture any incorrect address and update them. Our reception staff are also double checking patient details as the point of contact.’
‘We would like to thank any patients who may have noticed a change to the usual services while the new system has been embedded for their understanding while we work to resolve the issues.’
Who to contact if you have a problem
If you have a query about your appointment then please do get in touch with the Trust on the contact details below.
Peterborough City Hospital and Stamford and Rutland Hospital
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 01480 428964