COMPUTER gadgetry now offers patients a quick short cut at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
New electronic check-in machines have been installed at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
The aim of the three £2,500 machines is to improve efficiency and cut wait times for outpatient appointments.
The touch-screen systems have been placed in reception, corridor four and orthopaedics.
Although hospital staff will continue to be on hand to offer assistance, they will now have more time to sort out follow-up appointments for patients.
Ian Woodcock is a 66-year-old patient from Birchencliffe and was among the first to use it.
He said: “It is a lot quicker than queuing.”
Head of appointments Katharine Fletcher said: “Checking in is the very first contact point for our patients and we want to make this run as smoothly and quickly as possible.
“We are always aiming to improve our care and our patients’ experiences with us and this is an obvious opportunity for us.”
Digital check-ins are a relatively new development at hospitals and the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust – who oversee care at both our local hospitals is amongst the first to install them.
They are currently used by several GP practices.
At Calderdale Royal they have also been installed at maternity, outpatients and orthopaedics.