Care records system for more patients

MORE patients are being offered electronic care records that will support their treatment in emergencies.

NHS North of Tyne, working on behalf of North Tyneside Primary Care Trust, is sending an information pack patients to explain what Summary Care Records (SCRs) are and their right to opt out of the initiative if they choose.

The patients are registered at Swarland Avenue surgery in Benton, The Village Green Surgery in Wallsend and Beaumont Park Surgery in Whitley Bay.

Patients at other North Tyneside practices were sent the same information last year when the SCR initiative was launched.

The emergency care summaries contain information covering a patient’s allergies, medicines and past adverse reactions to medications.

They can only be used by staff when they are treating a patient and only with the person’s consent.

Dr Mike Guy, medical director at NHS North of Tyne, said: “Summary Care Records will improve the safety and quality of patient care by giving healthcare professionals easier access to reliable information about a patient.

“That means doctors, nurses and pharmacists can provide the most appropriate treatment more quickly.

“There are a lot of very ill people who are unable to say exactly what medicines they’re taking, or if they have any allergies or react poorly to certain drugs.

“In situations like this we have to rely on relatives or a patient’s GP to find out this information.

“With summary care records, it will be available to healthcare staff much more readily.”

Approximately 215,000 patients currently have had SCRs created in the areas covered by NHS North of Tyne working on behalf of care trusts since the launch.