The information within these paged has been produced by NUMBERTELLING to support the POCT project in NHS Scotland.

As POCT data is not currently routinely collated, the interactive map below displays lab tests by GP practices from NHS boards that submitted their data.

This visualisation aims to  explore how information on POCT testing could be presented, if it was available. 

The map shows the percentage of tests as a proportion of GP list size, grouped by high, medium and low levels of lab testing. By selecting a board (lhs) or postcode (rhs), the figures in the yellow box will reflect the selected areas.

The power of information can help us to understand issues and trends and improve our services.

Point of Care Testing (POCT) is defined as medical diagnostic testing at or near the point of care (i.e. at the time and place of patient care). 

This method of testing contrasts with the historical pattern of laboratory based testing, which is often much slower and less cost effective.

The aspects of timeliness in particular may have a big impact on the patient, where there is the potential for unnecessary delays in receiving results.

the video below illustrates the variation in testing across Scotland and how this inequality can impact the patient.

95% of all clinical pathways rely on having access to efficient, timely and cost effective pathology services.

Across NHS Scotland, Point of Care testing kits are either developed locally or resourced from a range of diagnostic companies. These tests are then performed at the point of care either in a practice or hospital setting

Currently there is no available information at a national level to help determine what tests are most effective, which companies the NHS procure from, how much is spent on kits and what gaps there are in the market that would benefit from new diagnostics kits.

Data has shown that 40% of tests ordered are not necessary.