Trust-wide, rapid roll-out of Patient Hub with NHS app integration

Leeds Teaching Hospitals boosts patient experience and hospital productivity, as 92% of departments go live with digital appointments in six months

The challenge

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) is one of the largest UK acute hospital trusts, treating 1.5 million patients across 7 hospitals annually.

Delivering the right treatment, at the right time, efficiently

As part of the Trust’s post-pandemic Operational Transformation, and with the successful implementation of a modern call centre solution, Outpatient Transformation is one of the key strands. The Trust needed a modern, efficient and sustainable digital solution that would improve interactions — by creating more capacity for patient self-service — provide a better patient experience and optimise productivity.

Managing 5,000 outpatient letter templates across seven hospitals was extremely challenging. Audit and governance were difficult, errors caused delays or sent patients home, and training for new employees was time-consuming. LTHT needed a solution to reduce the time to manage, print and mail appointment letters as well as the associated costs.

Manual record keeping and query resolution was cumbersome, with back office teams left frustrated as they managed, communicated and rearranged patient appointments. By streamlining and digitising these processes, LTHT could boost efficiency and reduce errors, whilst also allowing for colleagues to undertake more patient-focused work. Plus, delayed letters and a shortage of real-time information meant clinicians were unable to easily respond to changes — leading to workarounds and even double bookings.

“It was a partnership that we worked with Netcall. They were on every call with us, they were at the Board with us, they’ve done everything on the NHS App with us. They really helped us deploy at scale so we’re up to about 92% of services now.”

Rob Child

Programme Manager (Outpatient CSU), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

The solution
The result
  • 88.4% less manual processing activity
  • 92% of specialties have clinics in Patient Hub
  • 65% clinics live with self-service
  • 2,250 patients self-serve daily (70% of 90% of services)
  • Back-office non-cash and productivity savings expected > £2million
  • 99.9% reduction in letter templates to only 5
  • 70.2% of patients with a valid mobile/email respond
  • Rapid implementation in 6 months.
Increased capacity, communication and efficiency

Digital patient uptake via Patient Hub was fundamental to increasing staff capacity and cutting costs – benefitting colleagues across all specialties and freeing them up to deliver value-add elective recovery work. The new developments for Patient Hub to help manage specific patient groups will allow LTHT to increase coverage. Tailored digital letters enabled easy inclusion of speciality paragraphs, that are simple to view, edit and update. Trust-wide updates, such as for directors, can be made in real-time. Information governance and auditing are improved.

By releasing staff from relentless processing, Patient Hub is empowering teams while delivering significant cost savings and sustainability benefits. And clinics are running at optimum capacity, thanks to reduced Did Not Attends and the ability to flexibly manage change.

Hear it for yourself



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Deliver the right treatment efficiently

See how Patient Hub can increase staff capacity and cut costs, benefitting colleagues across all specialties and freeing them up to deliver value-add elective recovery work.

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