Sharing your data with the NHS
A modern information system has been developed, which will make increased use of information from medical records with the intention of improving health services. The information is automatically extracted by the Health and Social Information Centre (HSCIC) and NHS England on behalf of the NHS.
For further information please visit www.nhs.uk/caredata or call the patient information line on 0300 456 3531
You can also pick up a leaflet from the surgery entitled "How Information about you helps us provide better care"
Click here for a copy of the above leaflet.
Summary Care Record
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.
In addition, our practice offers the facility to those patients registered to use our Online Services, to view their own Summary Care Record. This service is now available. Reception Staff will need to see photographic identification for you to register for this service.
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
Additional patient records access:
As well as viewing this information, there is the the facility to download and print it. Our Practice now also offers the facility to view your Detailed Coded Record online. To request this access you will need to be registered to use our Online Services. Please see our Reception Staff for further details. NB: To sign up to any of our Online Services please bring photo identification with you.
Enhanced Data Sharing Module (eDSM)
Grove Surgery open patient medical records to allow information to be shared with any organisation for Under 5's and those patients on our Palliative Care Register only.
If in future opening shares for all patients was considered then explicit signed consent would be obtained before this was implemented.
This means that third parties are unable to view our patient's medical records unless in those catergories listed above
Leaflets are available on reception - "Your Electronic Patient Record & the Sharing of Information."
GP2GP is the project that enables patients' electronic health records (EHRs) to be transferred directly from one practice to another.
GP2GP starts when a practice accepts a patient onto their list of patients for primary health care and ends when the EHR is transferred from the previous practice into the new GP clinical system.
GP2GP electronic transfers will be more accurate and secure - and much faster than the current paper-based approach, which can take weeks to complete.
Background to GP2GP:
There are some 9,000 GP practices in England. They each currently deal with an average 500 patient record transfers each year. Inner city and university practices deal with far more.
The process involves:
- Printing out the details of the patient health record held on the GP clinical system and then putting that print-out into the patient's 'Lloyd George' envelope, together with any historical paper records, laboratory forms, hospital referral letters and the letters that result from that referral.
- These documents are then transferred to the new practice via the local medical records transfer process.
- Upon receipt of the Lloyd George, the new practice reviews the information received, summarises the record and enters any appropriate information into their GP clinical system.
The time it takes to receive a patient record from the time it is requested can be anything from a few weeks to a few months. As a result, the new practice often does not have the benefit of the old record when the patient attends for the first consultation. Once received, it can be very time-consuming for the new practice to key in the summary of the record into its own clinical system.
GP2GP, on the other hand, enables an almost instantaneous transfer of a patient's EHR. As a result, GPs and their teams will be able to provide patients with a safer and more efficient service.