Introducing our electronic patient record

Electronic patient record (EPR)

Our electronic patient record (EPR) helps staff to offer safer care, improved outcomes and a better experience for our patients.

Many of our staff have been using EPR since 2018. From October 2021 it will rolled out across our entire trust, and we will also be upgrading the system for all of our staff.

What is EPR and how does it improve patient care?

EPR is an innovative new system that is replacing paper records at the Royal Free London. It means that all the staff caring for you will always have access to accurate and up-to-date information to ensure you get the best care.

With all healthcare information in one place, it will mean we can access patients’ test results, and details of their care, more quickly. We will no longer have paper records, instead, our staff will use computers and laptops to input information directly.

Our new EPR has been designed by our staff to ensure it meets their needs and those of their patients. The work has been led by a team including doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and pharmacists, as well as IT experts. Hundreds of staff have been involved in designing the EPR and hundreds more have been testing it.

Where has it been introduced?

EPR went live at Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital, Edgware Community Hospital theatres, Finchley Memorial Hospital and Royal Free Hospital maternity services in November 2018. The rest of the Royal Free Hospital will go live in October this year.

Safeguarding your privacy

Electronic records are safer and more secure than paper records. They cannot get lost or mislaid. Staff need a smartcard and a PIN to access the EPR and can only see the parts of the records they need in order to do their jobs