New contractual arrangements came into force on 1st April 2015 requiring GP practices to make available a statement of intent about the following IT developments:
- Patient Access to electronic records.
- Online Booking of repeat prescriptions
- Online Appointment Booking
- Referral Management Information
- Summary Care Record
- GP2GP transfers of care records
Please find below details of the arrangements we have in place for these developments at this Practice.
- Patient access to their electronic GP record
Practices are required by 31st march 2016 to promote and offer the facility for patients to view online, export or print the detailed information from their medical record. i.e information held in coded form.
We currently offer the facility for viewing much of your record online. Please ask at reception for more details.
- Online booking of repeat prescriptions
Practices are required to promote and offer the facility for all patients, who wish to, to order online, view and print a list of their repeat prescriptions for necessary drugs, medicines or appliances.
We currently offer the facility for ordering repeat prescriptions online. Please ask at reception for more details.
- Electronic appointment booking
Practices are required to promote and offer the facility for all patients, who wish to, to book, view, amend, cancel and print appointments online.
We currently offer booking of routine GP appointments and other appointments online. Please ask at reception for more details about how to register for this service.
- Referral management Information
Practices must include the NHS Number as the primary identifier in all NHS clinical correspondence issued by the practice.
All letters and information that we send to other organisations such as, hospitals, have an NHS number clearly shown.
- Interoperable records/Summary Care Record
Practices are required to upload changes to a patient’s summary information, at least daily, to the Summary Care record.
Having your Summary Care Record available will help other doctors and nurses treating you away from your regular surgery, without your full medical record. They will have access to information about any medication you may be taking and any drugs to which you have a recorded allergy or sensitivity. Click here for more details about the Summary Care Record http://www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/
This function is already live. However, if you do not want your medical records to be available in this way please let us know. You can do this via the ‘opt out form’, available at reception, or on our website
- GP2GP transfers of Care Records
We are required to utilise the GP2GP facility for the transfer of patient records between practices, when a patient registers or de-registers.
It is very important that you are registered with a doctor at all times. If you leave your GP and register with a new one, your medical records will be removed from your previous doctor and forwarded to your new GP via NHS England. It can take several weeks for paper records to reach the new surgery; with GP2GP, your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner.
GP2GP transfers are already activated at this practice for sending and receiving patient records.