The launch of GP Connect kicks off in Leeds

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NHS Digital has taken a major step on the road to ensuring clinicians have access to patients’ GP records right across Leeds with the launch of GP Connect. 

The launch of GP Connect allows GP practices and authorised clinical staff to share and view GP records digitally and allows them to make better decisions about a patient’s care.
This means that clinicians in hospitals across the city will be able to access patients’ previous encounters with GPs, improving the data link between the care received at primary and secondary care.

The service is available to all GP practices in Leeds after GP system supplier TPP last month joined EMIS Health in implementing GP Connect.

In 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”.

Andy Webster, Consultant in Emergency Medicine & CCIO (Clinical & Medical) at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust commented on the launch of GP Connect, “Primary care information is often key to many of the decisions we make on a daily basis. Access to this information will enable access to information from GP systems 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will also reduce the administration burden for GP practices having to send information often by insecure communication routes such as fax”.

Richard Corbridge, Chief Digital & Information Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust said: “GP Connect connectivity improves the way data can be used as information in clinical practice throughout the city. 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.”

Dr John Parry, Clinical Director at TPP said; “This is a very important step to ensuring that patients benefit from having their medical records available for those caring for them to see, wherever they are receiving care. SystmOne was created to enable clinical records to be available where needed, and this is a further step in the right direction. I hope that patients and clinicians across the country see immediate benefits.”

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