P_CS_10 Developing Local Guidelines and Operating Procedures for Clinical Diagnostic Tests and Screening

There are many diagnostic and screening tests performed in Lincolnshire Community Health Services everyday on inpatients and patients in the community. Lincolnshire Community Health Services needs to be assured that these tests are requested or carried out correctly, are accurate and that the results of these tests lead to the correct diagnosis and appropriate patient care.

The main objective of the policy is to minimise the risk of misdiagnosis or failure/delay in diagnosis, to improve patient outcomes and the quality of care in line with the NHSLA Standards.

The purpose of this policy is to assist health care professionals to develop local policies to ensure that the appropriate tests required for a patient are taken and a clear evidence based rationale is given for the decision. The results from diagnostic and screening tests are appropriately processed, issued and acted upon.


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