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NI launch ECR

4th April 2008

A new emergency care project for patients attending accident and emergency departments and accessing out-of-hours services has been launched in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Emergency Care Record (NIECR) was formally launched by health minister Michael McGimpsey during a visit to the GP out-of-hours centre at Craigavon Area Hospital.

The NIECR, which is based on the Scottish Emergency Care Record, is a summary of patient information taken from GP practices and includes the patient’s date of birth and gender; their address and phone number, current medication and any known allergies.

Mr McGimpsey said that at present medical staff at out of hours settings or in A&E departments do not have access to patient records and rely on what a patient tells them.

“But this carries a degree of risk to patients, particularly when they may be too ill, confused or traumatised to remember,? he said.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust will be the first in Northern Ireland to introduce NIECR, implementing it at the GP out-of-hours services based at South Tyrone Hospital, Dungannon and Mullinure in Armagh.

Trust Chief executive Colm Donaghy said: “The Emergency Care Record will give staff working in the GP Out-of-Hours service more detailed medical information about their patients, enabling them to make more informed decisions in their treatment and give them the best possible care.

“Only the health service staff involved in treating the patient will have access to this information, and we have stringent measures in place to control access and protect patient confidentiality.?


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