Referral to Treatment (RTT) information displayed in e-RS (in common with elsewhere) is shown at specialty level, for example, Orthopaedics. This is not particularly meaningful for referrers and patients when referrals are made at sub-specialty level, for example to a knee specialist/clinic, which may have a different RTT from the overall main specialty / treatment function.
As Capacity Alerts are able to be set at ‘Service’ level within e-RS, this represents a more meaningful representation of the RTT information as this may differ from the RTT for the overall Specialty.
An example of this may be where a trust is meeting 18 weeks for Orthopaedics overall but may have severe capacity issues within its spinal services and so a capacity alert could be used to indicate to referrers that patients may not be treated within 18 weeks for these particular services.
Capacity Alerts can be used to advise referrers away from services with poor capacity and will show a red warning of ‘Limited Capacity’, or to promote services with available capacity, which are highlighted at the top of the Service Search screen in e-RS. Examples of these screens are shown later in this document.