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ENRICHED SUMMARY CARE RECORD  (ESCR)

Most patients have a summary care record which shares important information between healthcare professionals such as medication, allergies and adverse reactions which is extremely useful if you are seen by another doctor other than  your own GP including hospital admissions.   There is now the enriched SCR which also includes important medical history and procedures, immunisations and anticipatory care information such as your wishes for emergency care or end of life plans.   This ESCR will be especially helpful when treating patients with urgent medical needs such as hospitals or by out of hours doctors.  It also saves  you having to try to remember what conditions you have plus any allergies and medications you take, especially important for elderly patients who may not remember as well as they used to.     

If you would like to have an ESCR, please let  us know and we will tick the box in your records. You may also be asked this question by our doctors or reception team in the future.   

Home Visits

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Home visits should only be requested for patients who are truly housebound or because they are unable to come to the surgery because of illness or disability and that travel by car to the surgery would cause undue suffering or a deterioration in the patient’s condition.

A doctor’s ability to properly assess and to treat a patient is better done in the surgery and, as technology moves on, sophisticated tests, treatments and equipment are being increasingly used to improve care.  Much of this is not portable and therefore not available on home visits.  Several patients can be also be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit so please try to come to the surgery if you can.

The receptionist will ask for the details of your problem to help her and the doctor decide on the urgency.  The doctor may also phone you back  to get more details.

 
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