The Leeds Care Record provides health and social care professionals directly involved in your care access to the most up to date information about you. It does this by sharing appropriate information from your medical and care records between health and social care services in Leeds.
At the moment, every health and social care organisation that you use has a different set of patient records for you. These records may duplicate information, or one record might hold information about your treatment, care and support that another one does not.
In Leeds, we have developed a virtual system called the Leeds Care Record. If you live in Leeds you will have a Leeds Care Record created for you. It is held on a secure computer system and includes some key health and social care information about you. The information is taken from other medical records you may have such as your GP record, hospital records or social care records.
What kind of information is shared?
The Leeds Care Record holds certain information about each patient. When you are being treated or cared for by the NHS or social care services the health and social care professionals looking after you have the most up-to-date information:
- Address and telephone number – so we have one set of contact details for you
- Diagnosis list – to make sure your health or social care professional have an accurate and complete record of your care
- Medications – so everyone treating you can see what medicines you’ve currently or been prescribed
- Allergies – to make sure you aren’t prescribed or given any medicines you could have an adverse reaction to
- Test results – to speed up your treatment and care
- Referrals, clinic letters and discharge information – to make sure the people caring for you have all the information they need about other treatment you’re having elsewhere
- Care plans – so that your wishes are adhered to in relation to your care
What does it mean for me?
Leeds Care Record is delivering the below benefits for patients in Leeds:
- better co-ordinated and safer care
- more time to spend on clinical care
- less paperwork
- fewer unnecessary clinical tests
- more accurate prescriptions
- better self-management for patients
- more efficient use of healthcare services.