Patient groups ''embrace care records''
13 October 2011
A year on from a ministerial review that stated the importance of Summary Care Records in supporting urgent and emergency care, patient groups are advocating their use to improve care for the millions of people with long term conditions they represent, the Department of Health has said. The Summary Care Record is a secure, electronic patient record that is currently being introduced in England.
The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign recently recommended that their patients consider adding important information about their conditions to their Summary Care Record to improve their experience of hospital care. Now Mencap, Asthma UK, Diabetes UK and the British Lung Foundation are said to be looking to raise awareness among their members about how the record could benefit patients when they are being treated by doctors and nurses in an emergency who may be unfamiliar with their particular condition.