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Hospital stay reduced with electronic alerts system

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A system that alerts specialist nurses via email and text message when a known cancer patient attends hospital has reduced stays at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust.

The PEAKS (Patient Electronic Alert to Key Workers) system was introduced in September 2009 and has been evaluated based on the experience of 110 lung cancer, palliative care, and haemato-oncology patients.

In many cases the average length of stay was reduced by one to two days following PEAKS intervention, nurses at the trust said.

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