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NEW EMERGENCY CARE INFORMATION SCHEME DEBUTS

November 15, 2005 10:15 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow is introducing a new Emergency Care Information scheme to make GP out-of-hours patient care better and safer.

The scheme will enable GP practices to provide important information to the NHS Greater Glasgow GP out-of-hours service (NHS GEMS).

When a patient, or someone acting on a patient's behalf, is referred to the NHS GEMS for health care advice or treatment, the nurse or doctor is now able to look up the patient's emergency care information from his or her GP record.

The Emergency Care Summary system will hold information on any known allergies and prescribing details, allowing the out-of-hours doctors and nurses to know which drugs patients have been prescribed, even if they are too ill to remember.

Dr Norrie Gaw, Clinical Director for NHS GEMS, added: "I'm confident this will improve the already excellent general medical out-of-hours service available to patients across Greater Glasgow".

It is expected the new system will go live here in Greater Glasgow in October, following successful trials earlier this year by NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Grampian.

Patients will be able to choose not to have their GP information made available to the out-of-hours service, simply by notifying their GP practice. However, this might deny the patient an improvement in their medical care.

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