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Electronic discharge summaries

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has completed the implementation phase of the electronic discharge summaries (eDiS) project.  The process is live on 45 wards in six hospitals.  More than 12,000 eDiS have been completed over the last 10 months since the first ward went live in December 2009.

The Adult Discharge Summary template has been modified in response to feedback from doctors within and outside the Trust.  The other templates available are Adult Day Case for elective patients, Adult Self Discharge, Adult Short Leave and Notification of Death.  Two templates are available for paediatrics, one for medical patients and one for surgical patients.  A formal process for reviewing the templates in the future will be set up.

The Trust has been sharing information with North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) about how the eDiS project has been implemented, to ensure that NBT can benefit from the good practice and lessons learned from this project.

The Trust is working closely with the Avon IM&T Consortium to ensure that GP practices have access to eDiS, and Order Comms in the future.  Nick Harvey has been working with Crest Family Practice, Grange Road Surgery, Armada Family Practice, Wedmore Practice, Western College Family Practice and Whiteladies Health Centre.  Student Health Services and Beechwood Medical Practice have also had introductory meetings. Nick can be contacted on and further information is available on:

For further information regarding eDiS, please contact Petra Pouchova, eDiS Project Support, telephone number 0117 342 0791, or email