North East and Cumbria health and care staff to benefit from accessing more community patient data

Health and care staff in the North East and Cumbria can now access more patient data from community settings, by using the Great North Care Record (GNCR).

Following an update within GNCR, EMIS community data can now be more easily shared between primary and secondary care providers.

Patient data is now shareable across all Trust community units including South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Professionals accessing GNCR can see what is being recorded through community data without having to go into EMIS, which reduces the time spent searching for the relevant patient information.

Having a more complete and clearer picture of a patient’s medical history across health and care settings allows staff to make more informed and quicker decisions on the right method of care.

All Child Health Information Services (CHIS) are now also live on the GNCR, meaning patients of all ages across the region will benefit from more accurate and timely information being shared on the service.

Additionally, more GP practices in Cumbria are now able to access patient data recorded in community settings. This will also have a positive impact on patients receiving care across services within different areas, for example patients being treated in Newcastle who live in Cumbria.

The Great North Care Record team have also started to integrate hospices onto the platform with St Oswald’s, St Cuthbert’s and Marie Curie now live.

The GNCR allows health and care staff to access and share patient information across primary and secondary care across the region, covering the 3.2 million people living in the North East and North Cumbria.

It means information recorded about patient’s health such as illnesses, hospital admissions and treatments can be accessed by different people who are involved in your care. Previously, different hospitals, GPs and other health and social workers recorded separate pieces of information, which wasn’t easily shared.