Do your patients find it difficult to see their GP during normal operating hours? Do your patients want to see a GP closer to their work or home? Do your patients need to see a GP after work or on weekends? Patients in Richmond can see GPs easily and safely outside of normal working hours, thanks to Vision’s patient record and appointment sharing.
Earlier this year, the Richmond GP Alliance (RGPA) won £2.6m from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund, which aims to provide better access and greater flexibility for patients and their GPs.
Zac Goldsmith, the MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, recently launched the seven-day access scheme that allows patients in the Richmond area to book GP appointments from 8am to 8pm every day including weekends at any of four hubs located in Barnes, Hampton Wick, Twickenham and East Twickenham.
“Between the four hubs, we are seeing well over a 1,000 extra patients per week, Dr Darren Tymens, chairman of the RGPA said.
“Each hub has fully integrated IT, which means with the patient’s permission each hub can access the patient’s own GP record regardless of the IT used in other practices. This has the potential to transform primary and secondary care and improve safety and efficiencies. When systems talk to one another there is only one record in real time” he said.
The ‘integrated IT’ Dr Tymens mentions is Vision 360 from INPS, which includes sharing appointment information as well as patient records. The practical application is simple, safe and secure.
The patient continues to contact their practice in the same way as before, however the receptionist at any of the 28 practices within the RGPA can offer and book any available extended access appointment at any of the four hubs.
Patient records are stored securely in a central data repository called the Vision Data Hub. Authorised GPs can then access this information with the patient’s consent during extended access consultations. Any information added to the patient’s record is automatically sent back to their registered practice, meaning any follow up care can be provided by their usual GP at their registered practice.
Practices in the RGPA will be able to share patient records if they use Vision or EMIS systems, so the medical records of every patient across Richmond are available to GPs working at the extended access hubs, regardless of the clinical software used at their registered practice; ensuring continuity of care and patient safety.
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