Nationally the way GP records are managed in the NHS is changing in three important ways.
- Summary Care Record (SCR)
- GP to GP Record Transfers
- Patient Online Access to Their GP Record
These changes do not let your records be shared outside of the team of professionals who look after you. They are designed to improve and speed up your care, and let you have more access to what is in your medical records.
If you want to find out more about these, or any other way in which your records are handled, please read the leaflets available in your practice or speak to a member of practice staff.
Patient Online Access to Their GP Record
As you may know we already offer the facility for booking and cancelling appointments and also for ordering your repeat prescriptions on-line. All patients in England will have access to their GP medical records online by 31st March 2015.
This means you can have secure online access to relevant parts (current medications, immunisations and allergies) of your record via internet access.
To get online access to your records you will need to come to the practice with photographic ID. We will then give you the login details you will need.
Summary Care Record (SCR)
There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.
Why do I need a Summary Care Record?
Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.
Who can see it?
Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
How do I know if I have one?
Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP
Do I have to have one?
No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.
For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website
GP to GP Record Transfers
A new way of transferring patient records between GP practices has been developed to be used when a patient moves from one GP practice to another.
NHS England required us to use this method for all new or de-registered patients by 31 March 2015.
For your own medical care it is very important that you are registered with a GP practice. If you leave your GP and register with a new GP, your medical records will be forwarded on to your new GP. It can take up to two weeks for your paper records to reach your new surgery.
With the new system your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner.
We confirm that these GP to GP transfers are already active and we send and receive patient records via this system.