Friday, 15 March 2019
The Trust is working with South West London Health and Care Partnership to improve the way we connect care across south west London. Soon, healthcare professionals will be able to access patient records from other NHS services when they need to. This will make it quicker and easier for patients when they visit your GP or hospital.
At the moment, each care organisation has a different system for managing patient records, and there is no way for the information to be shared electronically when it is needed by doctors and nurses.
This will make it quicker and easier whenever your visit your GP or local hospital.
Connecting your Care means that people involved in patient care such as the GP, hospital doctors and nurses, will be able to immediately see important information about a patient through a secure system, to help them make the best decisions about the patient's care.
In the future, we will also be working with other health and social care providers to share a more detailed care record, which will include the treatment a patient receives from community NHS services, mental health services and social care services. This will allow everyone to be able to make the best decisions about a patient's treatment.
Our patients have a choice of course and you can opt out if you want to.
The Connecting your Care system will be phased in over the next few months. So if you do not want your information to be shared, you have the right to opt-out by visiting www.swlondon.nhs.uk/connectingyourcare and downloading the opt-out form.
You can click here for more information about this from the South West London Health & Care Partnership, which is making the changes. It's very important that you have all the answers you need about how the NHS shares patients’ records.