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Shared Care Record - formal announcement

Date: 07 October 2016

Bromley patients are set to receive better care from local health services with the introduction of new shared care electronic records.  NHS organisations in Bromley have collaborated to develop the new secure electronic Local Care Record which allows GPs, hospital and community healthcare staff to see important information about their patients at the touch of a button, informing decisions about their treatment.

Patient records are already shared between local NHS organisations via traditional methods such as post, fax or email.  The new secure electronic record means that appropriate information can be accessed immediately by clinicians caring for their patients. This will include data such as test results, medication and previous treatments to help them make any treatment decisions.

It is also hoped that the new system will help reduce the number of repeat GP and hospital appointments and duplicate tests for patients.  It will not only improve patients’ experience of their care but also save the NHS time and money.

Dr Mark Essop, local GP and Clinical Lead at NHS Bromley CCG said: ‘Patients have told us they want more joined up care and better systems so that health staff have easy access to appropriate and accurate information about their care.  They don’t want to keep repeating their story to different clinicians.  This new electronic record system is a huge step forward in delivering more coordinated care for our patients”.

Local resident and Bromley CCG Patient Advisory Group (PAG) representative Paul Brown explains: ‘As a member of Bromley CCG’s PAG, I am pleased to see how this new confidential information system will help to improve coordination between the different people in the NHS involved in our care and treatment. It is so irritating when one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing, and also time consuming for busy doctors and nurses. The service we get will be better with this new system. Patient representatives are working with the CCG to ensure that this is the case.  Patients will always have the right to opt out, but I doubt that many will want to do so in view of the real benefits for their care and all the safeguards in place.’

To find out more information, please click here to view an information guide, or if you wish for your information not to be shared call 020 7188 8801 or email gst-tr.gstpals@nhs.net.

  • Summary:

    Bromley patients are set to receive better care from local health services with the introduction of new shared care electronic records.  NHS organisations in Bromley have collaborated to develop the new secure electronic Local Care Record which allows GPs, hospital and community healthcare staff to see important information about their patients at the touch of a button, informing decisions about their treatment.

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