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Oxford University Hospitals connected to London Care Record

Staff at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) can now use the London Care Record to support them provide more joined up care for patients who are referred for treatment and care in the Capital (20 February 2024).

The London Care Record is a single and secure view of a person’s health and care information and includes details about medicals conditions, test results, medicines, allergies, care plans and other useful information such as hospital discharge summaries.

OUH staff can now view the London Care Record via their existing electronic record systems where they can see relevant information from the Capital’s GP surgeries, hospitals and other health and care services about the people they are treating, helping inform their clinical decision making. Only staff involved in a person’s care are allowed to access the information.

This is important because OUH is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK providing care through over one million patient contacts each year. Their staff will join over 100,000 health and care staff professionals across the Capital and some of its other neighbouring areas who use the London Care Record each month.

Work is also underway for the Trust to share information into the London Care Record so professionals treating their patients in the Capital also have the information they need when they need it. This work is expected to be complete in the next few months.

David Walliker, Chief Digital and Partnership Officer at OUH, said:

“We already have a proven track record of using digital technology to support our staff provide our patients with the very best care. Giving them access to the London Care Record is another important step – especially for supporting those patients who have received specialist treatment and care in the Capital.”

Luke Readman, Director of Digital Transformation NHS England (London), said:

“Connecting Oxford University Hospitals to the London Care Record is another important step in improving joined-up care between the Capital and our neighbouring communities. It means the Trust’s health and care staff can see important information about their patient’s treatment at one of London’s centres of excellence and specialist referral centres, helping inform the clinical decisions they take. We look forward to completing the next stage of this project that will see patient information from the Trust securely shared with professionals across London who need to see it.”

The work with OUH builds on connections already in place with Hertfordshire and West Essex ICS and Milton Keynes University Hospital. Work is also underway to connect other areas neighbouring London to the London Care Record including Bedford and Luton.

This also supports wider work being led by NHS England through their ‘Connecting Care Records’ Programme aimed at connecting healthcare provider records across the country to streamline data sharing and improve patient care.

You can find out more about the London Care Record here.

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