Your Medical Record and You-Patient Access, the Summary Care Record (SCR), GP2GP Record Transfer and Electronic Prescriptions (EPS)
It is important that your medical record is available when and where you need it. Some of the information could save your life if you became ill when the practice was closed. As a practice we are helping to lead the way locally in implementing systems that will improve your care.
It makes sense for your record to be transferred as soon as possible if you have to move practice. We have been using the GP2GP system to send and receive computer records within Gateshead for many years. This involves a secure connection directly between the clinical systems and can only be done once you have completed the registration at a new practice.
Currently we can only request the notes of patients who have moved to us from another practice that uses the same clinical system as we do (EMIS). We are keen to trial the ability to request electronic notes from practices using other clinical systems as soon as possible.
Unfortunately this does not apply to any older, paper records.
2. Summary Care Record
The summary care record (SCR) is a national programme to keep, as a minimum, a records of everyone's medication and any allergies. It is updated from the GP recotrd on a daily basis. This record can only be read by selected NHS staff who have been issued special smartcards that plug into the computer running the clinical system. Except in an emergency, the record cannot be read without your permission.
The SCR does not contain your full medical record. In the future there are plans to upgrade the record to include important extra information agreed between patients and the person treating them (for example copies of any care plans that are in place).
If you are an adult you can choose to opt out of having a summary care record if you wish by writing to the practice (and if in future you want to opt back in, again let the practice know). You can apply to the practice to opt out a child in your care having a summary care record, but whether the opt out will be granted will be at the discretion of the practice (and will depend on what is in the child's best interest).
3. Patient Online Access
We have offered online prescriptions and appointment booking with GP's, Practice Nurse and Health Care Assistant for some years. We now offer patients the ability to view parts of their medical record online. Currently patients can view the information that will be uploaded to the SCR (namely, medication and allergies), along with their immunisation status. In the future we will work to increase the services and parts of the patient record that are viewable to our patients.
To sign up to our online service download our application form (below) and return it to the practice or speak to our reception staff.
4. Electronic Prescriptions
We have been using Electronic Prescribing (EPS) since June 2015. Patients will need to nominate a pharmacy that they would like their prescription sent to.
The prescription can be requested in the usual way, telephone, completing right hand side and leaving at surgery or with an arrangement via the pharmacy. Once the prescription has been issued it will be sent to the GP who will then check the request and electronically sign. This will then be sent to the pharmacy. No paper prescription required.
Patients that do not have a nominated pharmacy can collect their paper prescription and take this to the pharmacy of their choice.
Patient online- statement of compliance
Online Services- Patient Application Form