Gloucestershire NHS trust moves to electronic patient records
THE INTRODUCTION of electronic patient records (EPR) could mean an improvement in standards at Gloucestershire’s hospitals and the quality of care it provides.
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNFT) believes the main aim is to move away from entering patient records manually and instead enter all data electronically, ultimately modernising the system in the NHS.
It is hoped that this will allow doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff to gain easy access to patient records when being transferred to different wards and hospitals.
It is predicted that the system will improve patient care and reduce the possibility of medication errors and missing notes alongside speeding up the ordering and turn around of tests, such as blood and tissue analysis.
There will also be no need for patients to continually repeat the same information to different staff, as it will all be on the EPR.
If the system is a success, it is hoped that all hospitals in the country will follow suit.
Consultant anaesthetist Mike Richards said diagnosis would be quicker.
"Patients should be able to get home earlier and the days when missing notes cause delays should be gone forever," he said.
"The key is that we'll be able to do things differently and more efficiently, to the benefit of the many patients who come through our doors every year."
In the move the EPR will also be implemented at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
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