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The National Screening Unit newsletter
In this issue:
- Newborn hearing screening ‘best thing for your child’
- Many advantages for private provider in electronic colposcopy reporting
- Regional Screening Services Wellington spreads the word to new immigrants
- NSU and DHBs progressing recommendations from newborn hearing screening programme quality improvement review
- Reminder about timing of bloods for antenatal screening for Down syndrome and other conditions
- Loud shirts all for a good cause
- Electronic colposcopy and the new colposcopy standards update
- Introducing Joyce Brown
- NCSP Register Central Team update
- Updated NCSP policy and standards: providing a laboratory service
- Otago and Southland breast screening services to be provided locally
NCSP Register Central Team update
The work includes completion of technical requirements and updates to the HL7 Implementations Guide.
Over the coming months the team will focus on developing, testing and implementing changes to the Register to allow collection of new Colposcopy Standards data.
The team also completed a release during the quarter, the major component of which centred on the migration from Geostan to ESAM geocoding software, which provides mesh block address information for reporting purposes.
Work to make a text change to the cover sheet letter that accompanies overdue cervical smear reports (OCS) and smear takers’ recall reports (SRR) was completed ahead of schedule. The text change provides instruction to health facilities to return reports and additional information by either tracked courier or registered post.
We have recently had a number of queries from laboratories regarding results for non-residents and would like to remind all laboratory staff and smear takers that legislation requires all cervical results to come to the Register, including those for non-resident women.
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