New Contractual Requirements for IT/Electronic patient records
It is a requirement of the General Medical Services 2014/15 Contract that all GP practices inform their patients of their current status in relation to a number of electronic services:
Electronic Transfer of Patient Record:
The practice can confirm that the GP2GP system is already active and used to safely and securely transfer medical records when required.
Electronic Appointment Booking:
The practice already provide patients with the ability to request an appointment via a link on the surgery website. If patients wish to take advantage of this service please visit the appointments section of the surgery website and register your details, or alternatively please speak to a member of staff at the practice.
Electronic ordering of repeat prescriptions:
The practice already provide patients on long-term medication the option of ordering repeat prescriptions via a link on the surgery website. If patients wish to take advantage of this service please visit the prescriptions section of the surgery website and register your details, or alternatively please speak to a member of staff at the practice.
Patient Access to their GP Record:
The practice already offers its patients the ability to view on line, save or print any summary of information from their medical records relating to medications, allergies, or adverse reactions. The practice also offers full online access to medical records and if you would like to use this service, please speak to a member of staff at the practice.
There are now smartphone apps available to assist patients with electronic access to online appointments, prescription ordering and medical record access. If you would like any more information on these services, please ask a member of staff at the practice.
Summary Care Record:
Summary Care Record is an Electronic summary of a patient’s key clinical information.
GP practices are required to provide an automated electronic upload of any changes to a patient’s summary information to the NHS Spine. The practice is currently working with its IT system supplier to provide this.
The Summary Care Record 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 if they are unconscious).
However if you do not want your records to be made available in this way, please advise the surgery by letter or opt out form.