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Great North Care Record extends to children’s community services


North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) has added children’s community services to the local records available on the Great North Care Record.

It has been combined with patient information from GPs, hospitals, social care, community and mental health teams with the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System.

NCIC said it means that if a child is receiving care elsewhere the service will be able to access their relevant healthcare records.

Ian Harrison, head of application delivery at NCIC, said: “Every service across the trust now has access to share data through the Great North Care Record. This is a very exciting achievement for the trust and our patients.

“The aim now is to look at other data held by the trust and mimic what other trusts are doing across the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System by sharing more information to help to reduce the need for the patient to keep repeating their medical history every time they see a new clinician.”

The record is currently used by all 400 GP practices in the region, over 200 community services, several hospitals, the North East Ambulance Service and Sunderland City Council.

NICIC is aiming to make the record – which digitally shares information such as medications, hospitals visits, referrals and letters – available to all NHS trusts, GP practices and local authorities in the region.

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