A CARE database for Dorset has received a boost as further records are added.

The Dorset Care Record (DCR) aims to list every resident having treatment in the county, helping to ensure people get the right support at the right time and ensuring accurate information is seen by the right practitioners.

The next tranche of health and social care records have now come on stream, including allergy information from Dorset County Hospital which will be useful for hospital teams who will be able to prescribe more safely.

It will also be useful for hospital pharmacy prescription teams who will be able to check what has been prescribed.

DCR chairman Peter Gill said the additional records would help health and social care professionals make clearer decisions about people’s care. It will mean that practitioners will be able to have easier access to results and reports across the county,” he added.

At present, nearly 900 trained health and social care professionals are using the DCR across the partnership, which includes the county’s three acute hospitals, Dorset HealthCare, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and the two local authorities. All Dorset GP practices are now connected or in the process of being connected to the DCR.

The ambition is to grow to around 7,000 as the phased rollout progresses. Around 2,000 health and social care records are accessed every month.