Impact at a glance:

96% patient requests are 
now resolved within 48 hours

24% less calls since
switching to total triage

87% patients find Patient 
Triage easy to use

Context: frustration and low morale

Peel Hall Medical Centre serves a diverse population of 9,547 patients in Manchester. Previously, the practice allocated appointments to patients on a first-come first-served basis – often with limited information noted about their needs.
This system put a significant strain on clinical capacity, leaving staff demoralised and patients frustrated – so much that the team chose to take a step back in 2023 and move to a 'total triage' way of working.

Patients would queue to book in for appointments. Then half an hour later, there would be no appointments left, resulting in patient complaints and staff being mistreated.

Jang Bakhat, Business Manager, Peel Hall Medical Centre

Then the team started using Accurx as an all-in-one toolkit for total triage

The practice’s total triage system is built on three simple workflows

1. The team manage inbound demand with Patient Triage

Staff made a coordinated push to embed Patient Triage in their processes and regularly encourage patients to complete requests themselves. To channel demand online, they have set up an automated workflow which lets patients in their phone queues request a Patient Triage link to be sent to them.
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2. Staff collect patient information quickly with questionnaires

The team send patient questionnaires to capture information such as blood pressure readings and use SMS messaging to resolve many requests remotely, without the need for an appointment.
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3. They take the stress out of appointment booking with Self-Book

The practice uses Self-Book to get patients quickly booked in for appointments, in particular COVID vaccinations. They send Self-Book links straight from the inbox, removing any unnecessary back and forth.
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What’s the impact been?

The practice has seen a substantial uplift in patient satisfaction, with a more timely service and enhanced access for patients. Staff are enjoying better morale, with fewer patient complaints and a simple, intuitive system for patient communication. Peel Hall can now manage all inbound patient requests on the same day, helping make the 8am rush much more manageable.

96% requests

are resolved within 48 hours

24% less calls

since switching to total triage

87% patients

find Patient Triage easy to use

You need to find balance for meeting demand with supply. We overcame these apprehensions by ensuring that all staff were on board and part of the transformation process. We thought we’d be overwhelmed [with Patient Triage requests] but this wasn’t the case.

Jang Bakhat, Business Manager, Peel Hall Medical Centre

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Accurx has been priceless in improving communication between patients and our staff. This expedites the patient journey through primary care by them getting the care they need quicker. If you want to improve your metrics and patient experience and reduce pressures on your staff then do this.

Jang Bakhat, Business Manager, Peel Hall Medical Centre

Accurx is very useful for creating our own templates with specific links to websites we use frequently e.g. Asthma UK, Oxford Vaccine Group and cervical screening websites.

It saves time to message patients with results or arrange appointments without needing to phone, and saves patients from calling back in.

Sister Mandy Hine, Practice Nurse, Peel Hall Medical Centre

I use Accurx frequently to message patients, and find it a quick, effective and reliable method of communication. Patients also seem to find it easy to use and appear satisfied with the ways we've implemented it into our service provision.

Dr E Dayan, GP, Peel Hall Medical Centre

I'm a big fan of accurx. I find it really useful for texting patients information, whether about their medication, negative results, reminders or how to book an appointment. It's helpful when doing routine prescribing and you can ask a patient to reply with a photo if need be. It definitely makes life easier.

Dr F Greenslade, GP, Peel Hall Medical Centre
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