First out-of-hours service accesses summary records

Bolton's out-of-hours service is the first in England to have access to the summary care records.

GPs and other staff using the out-of-hours service are now beginning to access the records, which have been downloaded from practices in the town, one of four early adopter areas piloting the record system.

The out-of-hours service deals with 5,500 calls a month, with Connecting for Health estimating that around 900 of these could be from patients with details uploaded onto the summary care records system.

There are also plans to roll out access to staff at the Royal Bolton Hospital’s A&E department and the PCT’s walk-in centre within months.

So far just eight of the town’s 57 practices have uploaded records to the system, with three more set to follow.

But according to Connecting for Health the numbers are set to grow further as another 24 practices in the town have expressed an interest in uploading their patient records.

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