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WCCIS supports COVID-19 information requirements

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, a new national community reporting task and finish group has been established.

Microsoft Teams rolled out to NHS Wales

Microsoft Teams has now been rolled out across NHS Wales with almost 16,000 active users already.

Digital transformation in Primary Care

Over the last few weeks we've been making rapid strides in transforming digital services to support GPs and GP practices. 

New digital clinical document to support virtual outpatient consultations

A new digital clinical document has been launched to enable NHS Wales to maintain levels of appointment outcome reporting for outpatient appointments, whilst working remotely. 

New system will help improve understanding of COVID-19 at-risk conditions

A number of developments have been made to the Welsh Clinical Portal to support the processing of patient data during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CTUs using e-test requests for all Welsh Key Workers

Community Test Units (CTUs) across Wales are now using electronic test requests for every key worker in Wales referred for a test who exhibits symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

Antibody results to be captured from Point of Care testing

NWIS are supporting the increasing requirement to test for COVID antibodies by facilitating a new antibody point of care result

COVID-19 Data hub for NHS Wales

Find out more about the impact of data in a pandemic.

Mis-directed shielding letters – we apologise

On 24 March COVID-19 generic shielding letters were issued to 86,000 Welsh patients, classified as vulnerable.  Due to a processing error, a number of those letters were posted to a previous address. The letters did not contain any personal medical information. 

Video and new online services for outpatient clinics

We are taking forward video conferencing for the 1200 outpatients' clinics that take place on an average day in Wales, alongside essential new features in the Welsh Clinical Portal to support the virtual consultation.

COVID-19 data collection and dashboard

We are working on several initiatives to capture, collect and analyse data that will inform national planning and operational delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A message from Helen Thomas, Interim Director NHS Wales Informatics Service

As the impact of COVID-19 increases I want to thank everyone working in NHS Wales for their dedication and care in response to this global pandemic.

IT enables doctors to work remotely

GPs are able to have remote access to their practice-based computer from a home computer or device, thanks to a solution implemented by NWIS. 

GPs given access to Welsh Clinical Portal

GPs can now access the Welsh Clinical Portal (WCP) to ensure they have the right information when its needed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Identifying vulnerable patient lists

The NHS has produced a list of  people at “high risk” of complications from COVID-19, who should be shielded for at least 12 weeks.

NHS Wales develops IT system for COVID-19 testing

NWIS has created an electronic test requesting system for use in community test units across Wales.

Digital consultation 'less stressful'

We were contacted this week by Rebecca who wanted to tell us how an important outpatient appointment went ahead – thanks to digital health and care services.

Guidance for staff using VPN

VPN is a Virtual Private Network which allows you to use local internet to create a secure connection to the NHS Wales corporate network from remote sites. In NHS Wales we use Cisco AnyConnect to allow users to connect and work securely from remote locations.

NHS Wales e-Library COVID-19 support for healthcare professionals

Many of the resources on our NHS Wales e-Library have been updated to provide useful digital information on coronavirus, COVID-19.

GP Video Consultations

GPs in Wales will be provided with a Video Consultation solution during April. The Attend Anywhere service will assist GPs during the Covid-19 pandemic.