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05
Apr

Paperless Trust helps GPs go digital


St Helens and Knowsley teaching hospitals NHS Trust, which just a year ago claimed to be the first to become paperless, is now helping GP practices to do the same, the Guardian Professional  reports.

St Helens and Knowsley teaching hospitals NHS Trust, which just a year ago claimed to be the first to become paperless, is now helping GP practices to do the same, the Guardian Professional  reports.

The service aims to help 85 practices get rid of their 500,000 patient paper records and the Trust hopes that its expertise can be used for other practices in the country.

Dr David Wilson told the Guardian that before going paperless, his practice staff in the past would often spend up to two or three hours manually searching the paper records for specific past referral letters, test results or details of a GP's written account of a previous consultation. The new system allows them to remotely access all of this via a digital database

Signing up to e-LGS for five years costs a practice £3 for each Lloyd George record, or 60p a record a year. There is a 10% discount for individual clinical commissioning groups. Any profit made is ploughed back into the trust's health informatics service.

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