RCGP Bright Ideas, 'Pioneer' Award winners 2019 RCGP Cluster Innovation Award winners, South Powys Cluster 2019
CRP Point Of Care Testing
The donation of 8 CRP testing machines to the practices was undertaken by Red Kite in October 2018, to aid clinical staff with the antibiotic treatment of lower respiratory tract infections. A finger- prick blood sample can be taken from the patient with a result obtained within 2 minutes, showing the levels of infection within the patient. Results can then be used to assist clinicians with the prescribing of antibiotics. Results across the cluster have shown a 17% reduction in antibiotic prescribing for these patients. With the media and healthcare focus on antibiotic resistance, the use of these machines has been greatly welcomed in primary care.