Wrekenton Medical Group

SARs completed in half the time

We spoke to Kirsty Hutchinson at Wrekenton Medical Centre to find out how eMR was making a difference to the way they work.

How has eMR changed the way you work within the practice?

“Before eMR, there was a lot of printing and photocopying, and we would have to use overtime to complete the number of requests we were getting in. Now we can do it all within the four-hour shift. So, we’ve moved from eight hours of work to four – cutting the time we spend on SARs in half.

It’s also helped to develop more robust practice protocols. We are getting a lot more requests relating to PIP claims and Universal Credit- so we are being very clear about producing one copy for them. We will be scanning all our paper copy notes over the coming months, so we know it will work for us even better then.”

We had tried another system, but it was too complicated to use so we didn’t bother. This one is much more user friendly.

Kirsty Hutchinson, Wrekenton Medical Group

How many SARs do you do per week?

“It varies from five to 15 per week.”

Is there anything else you would like to add?

“We had tried another system but found it too complicated so didn’t use it. This one is so much more user friendly. We are showing it to other practices in the area. I’m impressed by the chat function. I get a response in minutes. The support team are very good – even with theoretical questions.”

The layout of the final report looks a lot better than the one we used to print out, so we are very happy with that.

Kirsty Hutchinson, Wrekenton Medical Group

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