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New local health and care partnerships could save lives

Doctors and nurses will be able to reduce unnecessary patient tests and improve safety through better working between hospitals and GPs and social care.

New partnerships will be introduced giving health and care staff better and faster access to vital information about the person in their care, so they can determine the right action as quickly as possible, whether that is urgent tests or a referral to a specialist.

At the moment, in many local areas GPs and other care professionals are often not able to access crucial patient information quickly if it is held in another part of the health service sometimes having to rely on post or fax instead.