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Telecoms revamp at health centre [Herald, The (Plymouth, England)]
[July 09, 2014]

Telecoms revamp at health centre [Herald, The (Plymouth, England)]

(Herald, The (Plymouth, England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A HEALTH centre has undergone a major telecommunications revamp to help further improve customer service for its 10,000 patients.

Roborough Surgery, in Eastcote Close, has had a new call handling system which hopes to boost service efficiency.

The new installation was completed last week and now call- handling is via a full commercial contact centre.

Karen Avery, reception manager at Roborough Surgery, said: "The new system will be up and running fully from July 7. "Without a doubt, having an efficient telecommunications system is crucial for us as we have more than 10,000 patients. We have had some training and we're finding out all the time more and more that we can do with it. One of the biggest changes for me is that I can see how many calls are waiting to be answered and draw people from other areas of the building to help me if needed." Mark Collett, managing director of IP Office Ltd who installed the service, said getting the right telecommunications system was vital that for a health centre of Roborough's size. Mark said: "This new system will help with the communication aspect of their service. Communication is something surgeries have to work hard on. The Government has set call handling times that go towards their QOF (Quality and Outcomes Framework) points. "Surgeries like Roborough can earn themselves QOF points for things like how well the practice is managed or how patients view their experience, which enables them to qualify for extra funding, so this is an important step for them." (c) 2014 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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