With an ageing population and a rise in people living with long-term conditions in the UK, there has been an increase in referrals and attendance at outpatient clinics.
The aim of this project is to produce
Currently there are differences between GP systems and GP practices in the clinical content of referrals, with multiple templates in use. Although appointments can be booked online through the NHS Digital e-referrals service (NHS e-RS), many referral letters are still paper-based.
The standards will:
Following the project, the e-referrals service will use the new information standard to help develop the interoperability between hospital and GP practice systems to streamline to electronic transfer of information.
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