People living in Dorset can look forward to enhanced coordinated care as further records are joined up within the Dorset Care Record (DCR).The latest records to come on stream cover radiology results from Dorset County Hospital (DCHFT), Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals (RBCH) and Poole Hospital (PHFT), as well as pathology reports and referrals from Dorset County Hospital.

Encounter information – covering information on inpatient, outpatient and admissions from RBCH and PHFT – has also been added. This provides details on appointments, visits and hospital stays, helping GPs, community health and social care professionals, who will be able to see records updated in real time.

The package will be particularly beneficial to senior clinicians, GPs, nurses and pharmacists and will provide much easier access to results and reports performed across the county, as well as ensuring there will be clearer decisions about people’s care.

Peter Gill, Director of informatics at Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and DCR senior responsible owner, said: “This is a significant milestone for the Dorset Care Record and will ensure that people will receive coordinated and safer care as well as enabling health and social care professionals to better understand the needs of patients across the county.”

Ben Chennell, Weymouth GP and DCR chairman, added: “This will improve the care we can provide patients enabling access to results from across Dorset for the first time. This should save valuable time when looking after patients and prevent duplication of investigations.”

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