Tony Naughton with tablet computer

Dr Tony Naughton with one of the tablet devices

New technology is to be rolled out across Fylde and Wyre to help local doctors see more patients in their home.

GPs in the area are to be equipped with new tablet computers which they will be able to take with them to appointments and allow them to access patient records electronically.

The move, funded by Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will launch initially in the CCG’s Wyre Integrated Neighbourhood, which includes seven surgeries in Thornton, Poulton, Carleton and Preesall.

But there are plans in place to roll the new devices out to all practices in the CCG’s area, which includes Fleetwood, Kirkham, Lytham and St Annes.

Pete Kelly, the CCG’s head of information management and technology, said: “This is an important step for local GPs as we move to an electronic-led system that will keep patients’ data as safe as it possibly can be.

“Having access to portable tablet computers means our doctors can easily access this confidential information in a convenient way while also ensuring the CCG’s commitment to data protection and information governance is as strict as ever.”

And clinical chief officer Dr Tony Naughton, who is a GP at The Thornton Practice, said: “I am really looking forward to embracing this new technology. We have been waiting for this for many years.

“As a GP, we spend an awful lot of time visiting those patients that are housebound and often these are our most complex cases to deal with.

“Being able to access these records instantly on a tablet that we can easily carry around with us will certainly make it easier for us and also make sure patients are safe in the knowledge that their doctor will have their records readily available at their fingertips.”

The new tablet computers will gradually take the place of desktop computers in GP practices across Fylde and Wyre as docking stations will mean when doctors are in surgery they can plug the computers in.

The move is the CCG’s latest step towards a digital future, having launched a new website and having migrated all GP surgeries on to one computer system – called EMIS Web – since being formed in 2012.


 

Notes:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.