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Bexley to launch new service which shares your health and social care information

PUBLISHED: 12:59 04 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:59 04 July 2016

Bexley is starting the new service this month

Bexley is starting the new service this month

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The service is a partnership between the NHS and local authorities

Bexley is joining with Lewisham and Greenwich to make use of Connect Care, a new data sharing initiative designed to speed up health services.

The programme combines data from hospitals, community health bodies and GPs’ patient records together with local authorities’ care systems to form one record for each person.

For example, if someone receiving home care was to go visit Queen Elizabeth Hospital emergency department, the nursing staff will be able to access details of your medications and the social care plan in place for you.

Then, their social worker and GP would be able to see that you attended A&E and take appropriate action.

Lewisham and Greenwich have been using the Connect Care service since last year.

One patient said: “I’m amazed it has taken so long for the NHS to do this.

“I recently attended the QEH emergency department, when I went to my GP the next day he was able to get all the information he needed in Connect Care.”

A diabetes nurse explained: “I use it for looking up recent blood results and checking which medications people are taking (and how often they are ordering) prior to my diabetes clinics.

“If people do not order their prescriptions often enough, I can discuss this with them and hopefully encourage them to take their medication regularly and improve their diabetes control.”

If you do not want your health or social care information to be shared, it is possible to opt out, by visiting www.bexley.gov.uk/connectcarebexley

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