Public meet about Local Care Record

Clinicians looking at computer together

Clinicians and local people from Southwark and Lambeth came together last week to discuss the new Local Care Record system.

The public event aimed to highlight the benefits of the new electronic system, allay any concerns local people may have had, and discuss possible future developments.

The Local Care Record will allow staff directly involved in a patient’s care at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and GP practices to view each other’s patient records safely and securely, and builds upon the existing King's Health Partners (KHP) Online system between the three trusts.

The main feature of the meeting was a question and answer session, where local people were given the opportunity to ask a variety of questions about the Local Care Record. The Chief Clinical Information Officers from each of the trusts, leading GPs and members of the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care Citizens’ Board were on hand to answer all of the questions.

Dr Cormac Breen, Chief Clinical Information Officer and Consultant Nephrologist, said: “It was fantastic to meet with local people and talk about the real benefits of the Local Care Record for us all.

“There was a great deal of positivity in the room, and local people want the Local Care Record to go-live as soon as possible – many were surprised that this system doesn’t already exist.”

There are now over 50 GP practices signed up and this covers nearly 60 per cent of the Southwark and Lambeth population.

The new system will start to connect a small number of GP practices with the hospital organisations from winter 2015, and other GP practices will continue to join during 2016. For more information visit the Local Care Record page.