Benefits to Your Care

We want to provide you with better, safer care by connecting local care records across the Thames Valley and Surrey region and with other care records when you are treated elsewhere.

This short video explains the bigger picture about why and how your information is shared. For more see the Understanding Patient Data website.

Sharing care records provides a range of benefits for your health and care, including:

Not having to repeat or remember information from one health and care professional to another - For example your medical history or social care information. We hope that this will particularly help you if you have multiple health conditions or care needs so that you can understand and manage your condition better.

Safer, better quality care - Up-to-date information about you will be available across care providers such as your GP, at a local hospital, community healthcare, social services or mental health teams. This help prevent errors, such as forgetting the name or dosage of an important medication.
Less paperwork and so more time for your care - Quick access to all of your relevant information will mean better understanding of your individual needs and for more time to focus on treatment.
Information in one place - At the moment it is difficult to access information about you quickly if it is held in another part of the health service, as it is often shared using post or fax. By having all information available in one place it can be seen by everyone directly involved in providing your care.
Reduced ambulance call-outs and hospital admissions – Access to your care record wherever you are can help reduce the number of ambulance call-outs, as a more informed and accurate assessment of your care needs can be established without being transported and admitted to hospital.
Preventative care - By identifying changes and patterns in health and care information we can improve services for you or across your local community using an approach called population health.
Flagging any potential health risks in the future - By analysing health and care information and trends, this can highlight if you might be at increased risk of developing a particular disease. This can help you take preventative action early to reduce risks and protect your own health.
Reduction in unnecessary tests – Recent test results such as blood tests or x-rays will be accessible to those involved in your care so that repeat tests are not needed. This saves time for everyone and helps to reduce unnecessary costs to the NHS.
A full picture of your care journey so far - Staff involved in your care will understand your whole situation better and be able to offer more complete support.

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