Over the coming weeks and months, the Trust will implement
one of the biggest programmes possible: an electronic patient
This may sound simple but it has the potential to
completely transform the way we work. We have decided to do this
because we believe it will bring huge benefits for our patients and
local communities as well as our workforce.
We have called the programme: EPR: delivering excellence
in patient care
The EPR is designed to improve patient care across the
County Durham and Darlington by replacing paper-based notes and
records and a number of different, older systems with a new suite
of digital tools and technologies. The programme is patient
focussed, clinically led and digitally enabled.
A message from our Chief Executive, Sue
"We are committed to delivering our mission
of safe, compassionate and joined-up care to all our patients and
across our local communities. We also want to create the best
working environment and experience for 'our people'.
This year, we are launching a huge digital
programme which has the potential to transform how we deliver care
as well patient and staff experience.
Our electronic patient record will go live
in October and what that means is that our patient records and many
of the different systems we use currently will come together into
one integrated system.
It means that our clinicians and nurses will
have more time to spend with patients and at the bedside. Patient
information will be more accessible and in one place for healthcare
professionals to access. It will also mean that our patients don't
have to keep sharing the same information many times with different
healthcare professionals but should be able to only 'have to tell
their story once'."
Fundamentally, EPR will enable us to offer our patients even
safer care and a much smoother experience.
We will keep updating this information as we get closer to the
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital