Trust improves discharge software to help practices

New software to help meet new GP demands for shorter turnaround times with clinical correspondence has been introduced at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

According to the new national service targets set by the standard NHS contract for acute services, all trusts must by March 2009 deliver discharge documentation to GPs within 72 hours of a patient leaving hospital.

The target turnaround will reduce to 24 hours by April 2011.

Last week an NHS Alliance survey found that one in four GPs has seen the safety of a patient put at risk in the last six months because hospitals have failed to provide essential information when the patient was discharged.

The system from Medisec Software gives the Chester trust accurate reporting of when clinical correspondence has been delivered to GPs.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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