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26-07-2011 | General practice | Article

Discharge toolkit to help GPs

Abstract

Discharge Summary Implementation Toolkit

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has launched a new toolkit to help improve discharge summaries.

The step by step interactive guide for using an electronic 24-hour discharge summary should make it easier for GPs to work with patients and carers to continue effective care following a hospital stay, the RCP says.

The toolkit has been tested by five NHS Foundation Trusts and includes case studies and video clips.

According to the RCP, GPs, patients and carers have complained for many years that summaries can be incomplete, inaccurate, or even illegible.

The new toolkit incorporates new clinical standards for the structure and content of discharge summaries developed by the College's Health Informatics Unit (HIU).

Professor John Williams, director of the HIU, commented: "This website will help trusts implement the standards we developed, and by doing so improve the quality, accuracy, and consistency of information that is passed to GPs, patients, and carers.

"We believe this will bring great benefits to the quality and safety of patient care."

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By Caroline Price