The Pathology Bounded Code List (PBCL), has been developed to provide a defined or bounded subset of Read Codes for use in lab to GP messaging.
Using the PBCL will ensure that there is common understanding by both sending and receiving clinicians of the laboratory investigations performed.
The PBCL subset of Read contains additional guidance on use of the codes, such as whether a code can be a test or a battery of tests.
Trust pathology Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) software, developed against the Pathology Messaging Implementation Programme (PMIP) technical product set, will be able to make use of this additional guidance information to assist laboratories in their mapping of local investigation codes.
For a full explanation of the purpose and use of the PBCL and the structure of the file, readers should refer to the documentation within the PMIP Technical Products and the latest release notes included in the NHS UK Read Pathology Bounded Code List releases located on Technology Reference data Update Distribution (TRUD) as a subpack.
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