The Trust has implemented one of the biggest programmes
possible: an electronic patient record (EPR).
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 have launched a huge digital
programme which has the potential to transform how we deliver care
as well patient and staff experience.
Our electronic patient record went live in
October and what that means is that our patient records and many of
the different systems we previously used have come together into
one integrated system.
It means that our clinicians and nurses have
more time to spend with patients and at the bedside. Patient
information is more accessible and in one place for healthcare
professionals to access. It also means that our patients don't have
to keep sharing the same information many times with different
healthcare professionals but are able to only 'have to tell their
Fundamentally, EPR enables us to offer our patients even safer
care and a much smoother experience.
'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