All radiology reports from across NHS Wales are now available through the Welsh Clinical Portal giving clinicians greater access to pathology reports wherever a patient receives care.

Cardiff and Vale was the final health board to go live with the service on 10 December 2019.

The go live means clinicians in all Welsh hospitals can now view both radiology and pathology test results from across Wales all in one place.

Rhidian Hurle, CCIO for Wales, said: “This is a long awaited achievement built on the national digital platform, delivering common services across Wales.

“It means radiology reports from all health boards are available to all health care professionals across Wales via Welsh Clinical Portal, allowing clinicians to use their time more effectively to help patients.

“No longer will staff have to fax or email radiology reports from Cardiff and Vale around Wales.”

Having access to results produced in neighbouring health boards saves time, informs clinical decisions, improves patient safety and means fewer duplicate tests and scans for patients.

In November alone clinicians in Welsh hospitals accessed existing online radiology and pathology test results nearly 900,000 times.

Of these around five percent were viewed across organisational boundaries, meaning less time phoning around chasing copies of results taken in neighbour organisations.

The Welsh Clinical Portal delivers the digital medical record for Wales through one application for information about patients and their care.

It shares, delivers and displays patient information from a number of sources with a single log-on, even if that information is spread across health boards. With information in one place it means clinicians always have access to up to date and accurate patient records.

In primary care the GP Test Results application is available providing a national view of radiology and pathology test results.