Leeds hailed for GP Connect success

NHS Digital has hailed further success in ensuring clinicians have access to patients’ GP records right across Leeds through the GP Connect service.

The service, which allows GP practices and authorised clinical staff to share and view GP records digitally, means that clinicians in hospitals across Leeds will be able to access patients’ previous encounters with GPs, improving the data link between the care received at primary and secondary care.

Available to all GP practices in Leeds, NHS Digital has said that, in the future, GP Connect will also provide secure access to structured medications and allergies information in a patient’s record and will be used to enable quicker and more efficient appointment management between practices.

Cath Johnson, clinical lead for GP Connect at NHS Digital, said: “Enabling this vital integration in Leeds is a fantastic achievement for all involved and we are delighted that GP Connect is now being used to improve patient experience and care across the city.”

Richard Corbridge, Chief Digital & Information Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “GP Connect connectivity improves the way data can be used as information in clinical practice throughout the city. Delivering integrated care for the population is the key goal for every healthcare system and why the investment in digital is so intrinsic to the success of healthcare as a system rather than as silos of excellence.

“In Leeds we can now plan to have a fully integrated primary care, social care, hospital care and mental health care record in place throughout the city in 2019, a giant leap and a unique proposition for the NHS.”

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