What is the Wirral Care record (WCR)?
The Wirral Care Record (WCR) is a new confidential digital care record that is being developed and will include patient health and social care information.
Why do we need a WCR?
Currently, every health and social care organisation holds different sets of patient records. Information in different records may be duplicated or even incomplete. The WCR brings data from different organisations together, so the same information can be viewed. It is read only record, data can not be edited directly from the WCR. Allowing authorised health and social care professionals to have access to the WCR will improve decision making by care professionals. this will provide patients with safer, more consistant care whether they are in hospital, at a GP surgery or any other place where the care is accessed.
Who owns the WCR?
Each partner organisation which includes; Wirral University Hopsital NHS Foundation Trust, Wirral GP's, Wirral Community NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, and Wirral council each has their own patient records and are solely accountable for their patient data to each other as part of the WCR, but will still remain responsible for their own patient data. The WCR is simply a way of viewing the information held by these organisations.
Is this the same as 'Care.data' or the Summary Care record'?
No, the Wirral care Record is a completely separate initiative, led by the Wirral Partner organisations, outlined above. If you have previously opted out of the Summary Care Record this does not mean you are opted out of the Wirral Care Record.
Is this a Wirral only initiative?
Yes, the WCR will only include information from health and social care services located on the Wirral. This means that services in Liverpool and Chester, such as; The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool Walk In Centres or Countess of Chester Hospital will not be able to access the WCR. they will still be able to access the information they need in order to deliver care, but this information will be shared exactly how it is now.
Find out more
For more detailed information about the Wirral Care Record, and how it will benefit patients;
- Visit the Wirral Care Record website and browse the Frequently Asked Questions area.
- Call 0151 541 5440 and request a copy of the 'Frequently Asked Questions' be posted to you.
How to opt out
If after reading all the information above and visiting the Wirral care Record website you would still like to opt out please do one of the following;