Electronic Patient Records





September 2014


New contractual requirements came into force from 1 April 2014 requiring that GP Practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:


  1. Patient Online Access (ordering prescriptions, online appointments & access to GP record)
  2. GP to GP Record Transfers
  3. Summary Care Record (SCR)


The same contractual obligations require that we have a statement of intent regarding these developments in place and publicised by 30 September 2014.

Please find below details of the practices current stance with regards to these points.


Patient Online Access

NHS England require practices to promote and offer online facilities to enable patients online access to appointments, prescriptions, and medical records (including allergies and adverse reactions) or have published plans in place to achieve this by 31st of March 2015.

We currently offer the facility for ordering your repeat prescriptions on-line and cancelling appointments.  However the current system does not meet the requirements of the GP Contract and we are working in conjunction with our webhosts and clinical system provider EMIS to have this in place by 31st March 21015 along with additional facilities for online booking of appointments and access to information online from your medical record. 


GP to GP Record

NHS England require practices to utilise the GP2GP facility for the transfer of patient records between practices, when a patient registers or de-registers (excluding temporary residents).

It is very important that you are registered with a doctor at all times. If you leave your GP and register with a new GP, your medical records will be removed from your previous doctor and forwarded on to your new GP via NHS England. It can take your paper records up to four weeks to reach your new surgery.

With GP to GP record transfers your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner.

Both practices at Heald Green Health Centre are already active users of GP to GP transfers and send and receive records via this system.


Summary Care Record (SCR)

NHS England require practices to enable successful automated uploads of any changes to patient’s summary information, at least on a daily basis, to the summary care record (SCR) or have published plans in place to achieve this by 31st of March 2015.

Having your Summary Care Record (SCR) available will help anyone treating you without your full medical record. They will have access to information about any medication you may be taking and any drugs that you have a recorded allergy or sensitivity to.

The core SCR record contains medications, allergies and adverse reactions and uploaded on the basis of implied patient consent. Additional information can only be uploaded with explicit patient consent and should be information required to support patient care in an emergency or urgent situation.

The SCR should only be viewed in emergency or urgent care settings with the explicit consent of the patient unless the patient is unable to give their consent (for example a patient is unconscious).

If you do not want your medical records to be available in this way  you can do this via the opt out form on our website and we will update your records.

The first upload is scheduled to take place on 22nd October 2014 and your SCR will automatically update on at least a daily basis to ensure that your information is as up to date as possible.  




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