A new drive-through respiratory clinic has been launched at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, giving patients the opportunity have their lung function test without even leaving their car.
The Trust, which runs Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford and Rutland Hospitals, is one of the first Trust’s in the country to introduce the drive-through spirometry clinic.
The service was introduced at Peterborough City and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals in early September and has been put in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19 to patients and staff, while also helping to reduce waiting times.
Kelly Pauley, Head of Respiratory Investigations at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Peterborough City and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer patients this new service. Patients will now be asked to attend the drive-through clinic at a specified time, where they will be given a spirometer and asked to perform the test from inside their car.
“A Spirometry is a lung function test used to diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions. It’s important we continue to perform these tests to ensure patients are diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. The new drive-through clinic allows us to do this while keeping our patients, many of whom have been shielding during the pandemic, safe.”
The clinic will also reduce current waiting times as more people can be seen in shorter space of time.
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