Robbie Coull

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Mobile Office and Information Technology

Mobile Office

To save time and avoid disruption of the surgery being used, I carry all the equipment I need to run a normal GP surgery with me.

The office equipment includes:
  • Psion 5 Palmtop computer
  • Deskjet 340 portable inkjet printer
  • A4 paper, GP111 pink sheets, envelopes, blood and xray forms
  • Needles and syringes
  • Gauze swabs, Plasters and Mediswabs
  • Eye drops
  • Disposable ear probes for thermometer and auroscope
  • Clear Blue pregnancy test kits
  • Toys
  • Gestational calculator
  • MIMMS, Oxford handbooks and Clinical Guidelines
  • Rubber stamps
  • Gloves
  • Urine bottles and dipsticks
  • Peakflow tubes and demonstration spacer with inhaler
  • GP bag with diagnostic equipment
  • The Psion 5 palmtop is used for the following tasks:

    • All entries typed and printed directly into the notes¬†¬† more>
    • Prescriptions selected from computer database and printed onto prescription pad
    • Storing out of hours call information and home visit entries which are printed out at the practice¬†¬† more>
    • Creating referral letters which can be faxed from the car or patient's house¬† more>
    • Telephone triage of calls - decision support software based on the Manchester A+E Triage System¬†¬† more>
    • Satellite based navigation¬†¬† more>
    • Billing and mileage
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    Data Security

    Data Protection:  to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, I am registered on the Data Protection Register.   click here to check my registration online

    Data Loss:  To ensure data is not lost, three Psion 5's are used with compact flash memory cards.  Regular backups are made to an Apple laptop which is itself backed up regularly to CD-RW.  Psion 5s are very reliable, but should one unit fail or be damaged then it's stored information can be transferred to one of the backup units in a matter of minutes.

    Encryption of Patient Data:  Patient data is encrypted and password protected at the end of each locum to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.  Unencrypted backup files are deleted at the end of each locum and are not transferred to CD-RW.



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