Islay relies on Vision to improve access to GP services
When the sole GP at one of the practices on Islay retired it proved difficult to find a suitable replacement. Vision has allowed the remaining GPs on Islay to work across all three practices, removing the risk of a practice closure that would have made it difficult for some patients on the island to access GP services.
Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides. It is the fifth-largest Scottish island with a total area of almost 239 square miles and has three GP practices, a community hospital and a team of allied healthcare professionals serving a population of over 3,500 inhabitants (that swells to 10,000 during the summer months).
The GPs on Islay are using an innovative Vision solution to promote shared working, which is providing 24/7 access to patient records and allowing any GP on Islay to see any patient anytime, anywhere on the island. A copy of every patient’s medical record is stored centrally in the Vision Data Hub, and this is continually kept up-to-date in real time. The GPs can view a patient’s record at any time, wherever they are.
Appointments are being shared in the same way too, so the receptionists at all three practices can book appointments for any GP at any practice on the island (or even at the community hospital). There are other benefits too; if a patient wants to see a particular GP they no longer have to wait until the GP is available at their registered practice, instead they can book an earlier appointment to see them at another practice.
Dr. Kate Pickering, one of the GPs on Islay said; “We are hoping that Vision will help to integrate the three practices to create a single virtual practice on Islay and at the same time allow the wider primary healthcare team to access patient notes. This could have massive roll out potential across remote and rural areas allowing isolated GPs and nurses to be part of a virtual practice team, addressing the clinical isolation problems we all know exist, especially with the current recruitment crisis. Vision’s appointment and record sharing can help to put patients at the heart of social and health care integration.”
Using Vision to manage a single appointments system across the entire population of Islay is the first step towards wider reaching information sharing on Islay. Future plans include giving patients the flexibility to see any GP at any practice, extending record access to the secondary and community teams and remote working using Vision Anywhere.
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