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a comp image cbApril 30 2018

Electronic referrals by GP to hospital are now available for 100% of patients in County Durham, EMIS Health has announced. With more than half a million patients in North East England the electronic referral system (e-RS) could save the NHS £50.5 million a year. 

It means rather than waiting up to a month for an appointment letter from the outpatient department, all patients in County Durham can now go online and book an appointment, with instant confirmation of their slot. GPs are also able to access advice and guidance on treatment from consultants.

The announcement has been made to raise awareness that NHS England has announced that from October 1 this year, trusts will only be paid for outpatient appointments that are booked electronically.

Patient booking manager Margaret Herkes said that NHS Digital asked the trust to push for the 100% target because it already had a high success rate in e-referrals, at 80%. The trust was an early adopter of the NHS’s e-RS ten years ago.

“We liaised with local GPs to understand why they did not always refer through the e-RS. There were two main reasons. One was that not all hospital consultants were named on the e-RS, so they had to send a paper referral if they wanted a specific clinician. The other was that GPs could not refer through e-RS if they only wanted advice, not an appointment,” she said.

The e-RS system “has massively cut down on the time patients wait to hear about a hospital appointment, and it means clinicians’ time is used much more efficiently.”

Link:
EMIS Health announcement      

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