Peak pilots new patient provision

HIGH Peak patients are set to receive better care thanks to a new agreement between local GPs and NHS emergency care providers in the area.

Eight GP practices in the borough are piloting a new care scheme allowing authorised medical staff to access up-to-date information about patients from key NHS sites in the area.

The Peak Information Sharing Project –which is unique to the High Peak - has been agreed by NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commission Group (CCG), who will take charge of local health budgets from April.

Authorised clinicians can view records which are otherwise only accessible at their GP surgery – allowing them to quickly look at vital information which could impact on care, including the patient’s recent medical history, allergies and whether they suffer from a major health problem such as a heart or lung condition. The patient’s permission will always be sought before the records are accessed.

Dr Peter Short, of Buxton’s Stewart Medical Centre, and clinical lead for the project, said: “This pilot project will enable fully trained clinicians at the local hospital or emergency care centre to instantly see vital information about a patient’s health.

“Providing the best possible care is critical, so we urge all patients in the High Peak to take advantage of the scheme as giving permission when asked will allow your care provider to see key information from your GP record about your health that can make care quicker and safer.”

The scheme is being piloted at the Minor Injuries Unit at Buxton Hospital and will then be extended to the North High Peak Urgent Care centre.