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WPOCT heads to Powys and Velindre

The Welsh Point of Care Test (WPOCT) system has gone live in Powys Teaching Health Board a month after it was successfully implemented in Velindre NHS Trust.

Point-of-care testing allows healthcare professionals to carry out diagnostic or laboratory testing at or near the site of patient care. The system allows for patient results to be received and processed much quicker than in a medical laboratory and accessible for clinicians on a range of devices via the Welsh Clinical Portal.

The system, introduced by NHS Wales Informatics Service in partnership with Siemens, is also live in Cardiff and Vale, Swansea Bay and Hywel Dda health boards. Its popularity continues to grow with 1,200 devices now connected across Wales and over 2.2 million point of care test results captured across Wales.

The system is scheduled for roll out in Betsi Cadwaladr, Aneurin Bevan and Cwm Taf Morgannwg health boards by the end of this summer.