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Summary Care Record & GP2GP

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.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website

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GP2GP

ELECTRONIC TRANSFER OF PATIENT RECORDS BETWEEN PRACTICES

Statement of Intent

New contractual requirements from 1 April 2014 state that Practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to GP2GP (the transfer of patient medical records).

The Government requires all practices to use the electronic GP2GP facility for transferring patients records between practices when the patient registers or de-registers (not temporary registrations) by March 2015.

From 15th January 2015, Major Oak Medical Practice will be using this facility for all transfers of patient records unless there is an issue with the receiving  practice's computer system which does not allow or provide such transfers.

Transferring your electronic health record

Your GP practice holds copies of your patient health record electronically and in paper format. Both contain the healthcare information about you that your GP needs including your medical history, medications, allergies, immunisations and vaccinations.

If you have previously registered with a different GP in England, upon registering at this practice your electronic health record will, where possible, be transferred automatically from your previous practice through the use of an NHS system called GP2GP.

Patient benefits

When patients move practices, paper medical records can take weeks to arrive but GP2GP transfers are faster, more reliable and more secure than the existing paper-based method of transferring patient records. This means your new practice will have your full and detailed medical record available in time for your very first appointment.

Frequently asked questions

What is GP2GP?

GP2GP is the technology that transfers your electronic health record directly and securely from your previous GP when you register at this practice.

Does my old practice need to be using GP2GP for my electronic health record to be transferred electronically?

Yes, both practices need to be using GP2GP. If they are not, only your paper medical record will be sent and will include a print-out of your electronic health record from your previous practice.

What happens to my paper record?

Your paper medical record will also be transferred to this practice. This usually takes about six to eight weeks. In the future when all practices are using GP2GP the need for sending paper records may be reviewed.

What information will be transferred in my electronic health record?

The information contained within your electronic health record at your previous practice will be transferred. This includes information about your medications, allergies, adverse reactions, immunisations and vaccinations, laboratory results, diagnoses, medical history and letters from specialists.

Will my repeat prescriptions be automatically transferred as well?

Yes, GP2GP transfers all the information about your medications. Your new GP will review all the medicines you are taking before authorising any repeat prescription.

I am registering as a temporary resident. Will my electronic health record still be transferred electronically?

No. If you are registering as a temporary resident your health records remain at your usual practice and are not transferred either as paper or via GP2GP. Your temporary practice will contact your registered GP if they require any information.

Where can I find out more about GP2GP?

You can read about GP2GP on the Health and Social Care Information Centre website:www.hscic.gov.uk/gp2gp

 

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