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New care record system in Wakefield and North Kirklees set to streamline care

The Yorkshire and Humber Shared Care Record is being rolled out across Wakefield and North Kirklees with the aim of improving care for people who use NHS and social care services.

There are hundreds of clinical computer systems across Wakefield and North Kirklees. They all hold clinical information about patients who have used services provided by their GP, in a community healthcare setting, by mental health teams, at a local hospital or through social services. Each record may hold slightly different information. The Yorkshire and Humber Shared Care Record will bring together certain important information from all of these systems so that medical and care information held about a patient can be accessed through one easy-to-use system. 

Initially, the sharing of clinical data will be enabled from GP practices in Wakefield and North Kirklees to The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. 

All of your records will still be strictly confidential. They will only be looked at by staff who are directly involved in your care. 

The Yorkshire and Humber Shared Care Record will support people working in health and social care services to provide you with better and more joined-up care. It will make care safer because everyone involved in treating you will have access to the most up-to-date and accurate information about the medicines you are taking and any allergies that you have, for example. It will also help to avoid unnecessary or duplicate tests and procedures, and reduce paperwork for doctors, nurses and other staff, giving them more time to spend on patient care.

Dr Colin Speers, local GP and Clinical Lead for Digital, NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “The Yorkshire and Humber Shared Care Record will save significant time and provide access to the right information to deliver the best care to our patients.  During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this is more important than ever.” 

Paul Curley, Chief Clinical Information Officer, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “As doctors, nurses and health care professionals, one of our best resources in ensuring swift and accurate diagnosis and treatment is comprehensive information about a patient’s health and medical history. The Yorkshire and Humber Care Record ensures that key information is available to those who need it, reducing the risk of errors due to unavailable information. We are also working to make this information available to patients on their computers or smartphones. The current pandemic acts as a timely reminder of the importance of knowing key medical details about patients, in order to swiftly identify vulnerable patients and advise shielding.”

You can choose not to have a Yorkshire and Humber Shared Care Record. It is your choice but sharing your medical and social care information through the Yorkshire and Humber Shared Care Record will make it easier to provide the best quality care and support for you.  If you have concerns, please speak to a member of staff at your GP practice.  If you choose not to have a Yorkshire and Humber Shared Care Record, please notify your GP practice. 

For more information visit the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record website at https://yhcr.org/.  A number of partners, including The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are involved in the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record. 

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