Records revo­lu­tion

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

THE fi­nal link in an agree­ment to make ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients in East Cheshire the first in the coun­try to be part of a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new pa­tient record sys­tem has just been put in place.

East Cheshire Hos­pice and Eastern Cheshire NHS Trust have in­stalled the nec­es­sary IT se­cu­rity and for­mal agree­ment to share pa­tient records with their con­sent be­tween the hos­pice, Mac­cles­field Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and the com­mu­nity nurs­ing teams.

The rev­o­lu­tion­ary new pa­tient record sys­tem was in­tro­duced into East Cheshire Hos­pice in April but the fi­nal link be­tween the trust and hos­pice has only just been for­malised.

The sys­tem known as EPaCCS – the Elec­tronic Pal­lia­tive Care Co-or­di­na­tion Sys­tem – is

L. de­signed to give healthcare pro­fes­sion­als in­stant ac­cess to the med­i­cal records of pa­tients with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness.

Pa­tients who give their con­sent for their med­i­cal records to be ac­cessed will not have to re­peat their health history to ev­ery health pro­fes­sional who is deal­ing with their treat­ment – help­ing to re­move any stress and mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Com­mu­nity nurs­ing teams will also be able to ac­cess the sys­tem, along with lo­cal GPs, mak­ing Eastern Cheshire an early adopter of these im­por­tant new tech­nolo­gies.

Any care ad­min­is­tered by the hos­pice can be viewed in­stan­ta­neously by a pa­tient’s GP to en­sure ev­ery­one in­volved in their care is kept right up to date.

He­len Knight, clin­i­cal and oper­a­tions di­rec­tor at the hos­pice says: ‘This is an im­por­tant fi­nal phase of our pro­ject and it is great news for our pa­tients who are with us now and those who will need us in the fu­ture.

“It will make hos­pice ad­mis­sions and dis­charges much more stream­lined, re­duc­ing pa­tient and fam­ily stress to the ab­so­lute min­i­mum.

“Be­cause it’s a real-time sys­tem, we can pick up ex­actly where the hos­pi­tal or com­mu­nity team left off to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity of care – the process will be seam­less for our pa­tients.”

The sys­tem was in­vented by two York­shire GPs in the 1980s to en­able doc­tors to see pa­tients’ health records more read­ily.

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