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A-and-EJuly 6 2015

Having instant access to GP records could mean half of patients presenting at a hospital A&E department are discharged promptly with basic health advice. Rapid assessments could cut the number of people needing to be sent on to the main emergency department to 10% of those initially presenting.

The figures come from a study at the Royal Free Hospital’s A&E department where an Urgent Care Centre has been established. It uses the EMIS Web integrated clinical IT system to carry out rapid assessments on 50% of the nearly 72,000 patients who present annually for emergency care between 10am and 10pm.

“Aided by vital information from the GP record, they are now able to discharge half of these patients at the front door with basic health advice; 40% of the remainder are directed to their own doctor, or a GP-staffed UCC for further investigation and treatment. Only 10% of assessed patients are sent on to the main emergency department,” says EMIS Health.

Haverstock Healthcare, a federation of all 37 GP practices in the London Borough of Camden, operates the UCC and has records on over 255,000 patients. Its medical director Dr Mike Smith said: “All of the GP practices in Camden use EMIS Web, and we also have it in A&E. This means that when patients arrive at the door, we are able to check their medical history with their consent, and make fully informed clinical decisions.

“Without their notes, there is a risk of starting patients on a care journey that is not needed. For example, we are ordering fewer X-rays and blood tests than our emergency colleagues at other hospitals. EMIS Web helps make our job less time-consuming and arduous, and enables us to work more effectively.”

Using the system means that for the majority of patients, there is no need for them to be referred back to their own GP. Instead, patients can be sent home with written information on self care or referred to a pharmacy.

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EMIS Health announcement    

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