Paper Free – Not For Me

Picture, if you will my Spanish work place. The view from my window is very pleasant – blue skies, palm trees and the swimming pool is twinkling invitingly.  Then scan forward a short distance to my actual desk with two computers,  two phones, three pots of pens and pencils, one cup of tea, one glass of water and – here’s the thing – hundreds of bits of paper. All surrounding surfaces are covered with assorted luminous post it notes (awaiting posting), articles torn from newspapers and magazines, files containing sheaves of printed  matter, long out of date special offers, receipts, letters, calendars, business cards, postcards, photographs, instructions for new appliances (only to be referred to in case of dire emergency), various notebooks and my diary.

Having just read an email with the conscience-pricking tag line “please consider the environment before printing”, I am forced to consider how many trees  are needed to fulfil my stationery requirements and resolve (yet again) to try and be greener. But then again, maybe I am balancing my carbon foot print against that of the London Vision Clinic.

Recently I had my annual eye check up after my enhancement procedure. This measures not only the results of the Laser Eye Surgery, but also general eye health and I will write more about the amazingly thorough tests soon; but now I want to comment on the lack of paper in the consulting room and its implications for London Vision Clinic patients and medical specialists which go far beyond tidiness and a lack of clutter.

Previously at the London Vision Clinic- alongside a welcoming smile -a bulging file of patient’s notes would be waiting on the desk ahead of the various eye checks. You know the sort of thing – a series of alien hieroglyphics which, despite a total lack of understanding, have you craning your neck in curiosity to read. Well, no more. They have gone for good.

It even crossed my mind that ophthalmic surgeon, Glenn Carp, might have forgotten my notes ahead of our consultation. But, no; a couple of clicks on the keyboard and they appeared, page by page, on the screen. Each postage stamp sized page was neatly aligned and waiting to be clicked upon, expanded, and added to at the click of a mouse.  And these “additions” are not merely the typing of comments and results; but also include the actual eye scans and other tests.

Obviously this is a more advanced and efficient method of working; but would it actually improve anything for the patient? Please find out next time why the answer is a resounding “Yes”!

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