Record share to boost care

HIGH Peak patients needing emergency care, help when their GP practice is closed, or when they are away from home can now ensure that essential information about their health is accessed more quickly by doctors and nurses.

Every patient aged over 15 years and six months will receive a pack with information about potentially life-saving Summary Care Records – which allow medical staff to see details about a patient’s medication, allergies and any previous bad reactions to medicines via a secure electronic system when no other information about them is available.

At the moment GPs and hospital staff keep separate records which are not available if the GP surgery is shut.

This can mean a delay in treatment and diagnosis

But NHS Derbyshire County are now offering the scheme to patients across North Derbyshire as part of a phased roll-out of the national project across Derbyshire which will be made available to everyone in the county over the next 18 months.

Theresa Jennison, assistant director of informatics for the trust, said: “It will give 24-hour availability of medical information between healthcare professionals directly involved in caring for the patient and will no doubt speed up treatment.

“But it’s important that people recognise that having a Summary Care Record isn’t mandatory, and they can opt out at any time.”