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.