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Electronic Patient Records

Statement of Intent for Attleborough Surgeries


New contractual requirements came into force from 1 April 2014 requiring that GP practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments: 

  1. Summary Care Record (SCR)
  2. GP to GP record transfers
  3. Patient online access to their GP records
  4. Data for commissioning and other secondary care purposes  

The same contractual obligations require that we have a statement of intent regarding these developments in place and publicised by 30 September 2014. 

Please find below details of the practices stance with regards to these points.


Summary Care Record (SCR)

NHS England requires practices to enable successful automated uploads of any changes to patient’s summary information, at least on a daily basis, to the summary care record (SCR).

Having your Summary Care Record (SCR) available will help anyone treating you without your full medical record. They will have access to information about any medication you may be taking and any drugs that you have a recorded allergy or sensitivity to.

If you are registered with a GP Practice in England, you will already have a SCR, unless you have previously chosen not to have one. For more information about the SCR and how you can inform us that you would like additional information to be shared, or that you would rather we did not allow any of your health information to be available to other staff involved in providing you with care and treatment, please click on the Summary Care Information tab shown on the right under Further Information.

Attleborough Surgeries can confirm that your SCR is automatically updated on at least a daily basis to ensure that your information is as up to date as it can possibly be.


GP to GP Record Transfers

NHS England requires practices to utilise the GP2GP facility for the transfer of patient records between practices, when a patient registers or de-registers (not for temporary registration).

It is very important that you are registered with a doctor at all times. If you leave your GP and register with a new GP, your medical records will be removed from your previous doctor and forwarded on to your new GP via NHS England. It can take your paper records up to two weeks to reach your new surgery.

With GP to GP record transfers your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner.

Attleborough Surgeries can confirm that GP to GP transfers are already active and we send and receive patient records via this system.


Patient Online Access to their GP Record

NHS England requires practices to promote and offer the facility to enable patients online access to appointments, prescriptions, allergies and adverse reactions.

You can also request on-line access to your medical records where appropriate and subject to the application of national safeguards.  This facility is in place. 

Requesting access to your detailed coded record will follow the best practice requirements detailed in the Health Records Act.  All requests must be made in writing and ID verification will be required; this will be asked for even if previously provided when registering for on-line access. This is because your detailed coded record is extremely important and we must ensure that we have your confirmed identify for the purpose of releasing this data.  All requests will be processed by the Practice within 30 days. It should be noted that only coded clinical activity will be available to view, which is a representation of your clinical record. No appointments will be available to discuss your coded record with a clinical member of staff once released.

We currently offer the facility for booking and cancelling appointments and also for ordering your repeat prescriptions on-line.  this is delivered by a secure link between the Patient Access online system and our clinical system.  If you do not already have a user name and password for Patient Access - please ask at reception.


Data for commissioning, planning and research

The 'Your Data Matters to the NHS' programme details how information about your health and care helps to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.

This is a national programme and GP Practices are no longer able to support your choice to opt-out.  To find out more about this programme and to set a national data opt-out using the online service, please click here. If you are unable to use the online service or require assistance on making your decision, you can telephone the helpline on 0300 303 5678.


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