Sharing patient records in Southwark and Lambeth

Clinicians looking at computer together

The first successful sharing of electronic patient records between the three King’s Health Partners NHS trusts and a local GP practice has taken place.

Last week, the Heatherington Practice in Lambeth became the first practice to pilot the new Local Care Record, with GPs viewing patient records from all three trusts through the secure portal. Four further practices will also test the system this week ahead of a wider roll out starting later in February.

Once the Local Care Record has gone live, our partner NHS organisations and local GP practices in Southwark and Lambeth will begin to share their electronic patient records with each other, providing clinicians with faster and more secure access to patient information. Staff directly involved in a patient’s care will be able to view all relevant information before making clinical decisions, making treatment safer and quicker.

It is hoped that the new system will help reduce the number of repeat GP and hospital appointments duplicate tests for patients and out-of-date administrative processes, such as faxing and paper handling, by 50 per cent or more. These reductions will improve patient experiences across Southwark and Lambeth, but also save local hospitals and GP practices time and money.

Adrian McLachlan, Chair of Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group and GP Partner at the Hetherington Group Practice, said: “The Local Care Record is something my GP colleagues and I have been really excited about and it is already adding clinical value. We’ve already started to use it in our Practice and it is helping us improve safety and the quality of care we provide to our local patients in Lambeth and Southwark, as we have a clearer picture of the people we are caring for and their different health needs.”

The Local Care Record has been developed as part of the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care partnership. It is an expansion of the KHP Online system developed within King’s Health Partners, which is already sharing records and linking up care  between Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. For further information, please visit www.kingshealthpartners.org/localcarerecord.