IT / ELECTRONIC PATIENT RECORDS
STATEMENT OF INTENT FOR FRESSINGFIELD MEDICAL CENTRE
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 IT developments. Further contractual requirements came into force on the 1 April 2015 requiring practices to allow patients to have access to their detailed coded records, please see below:
Please note that we will ensure that patients that request online access to their detailed coded records will have access by the 31st March 2016.
Please note that every request for online access to detailed coded records will be reviewed. If it is felt that there are circumstances where a GP may believe it is not in the best interests of the patient to share all information in the record, for example where it could cause harm to their physical or mental health then access can be declined.
Please note that we already comply with the contractual requirements for the following IT systems:
Summary Care Record (SCR)
NHS England require 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.
Of course if you do not want your medical records to be available in this way then you will need to let us know so that we can update your record. You can do this via the opt out form on our website www.fressingfieldmedicalcentre.co.uk
We confirm that your SCR will be 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 require 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 or more weeks to reach your new surgery.
With GP to GP record transfers your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner.
We 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
(summary information from your records i.e. medications, allergies, adverse reactions and any additional information agreed between the GP and patient)
NHS England require practices to promote and offer the facility to enable patients online access to appointments, prescriptions, allergies and adverse reactions.
We currently offer the facility for booking and cancelling appointments and also for ordering your repeat prescriptions on-line and for access to your core summary care information (medication and allergies).
If you do not already have a user name and password for our online patient access system please visit our practice with proof of your identity and we will issue you with your registration details.
Data for commissioning and other secondary care purposes
It is already a requirement of the Health and Social Care Act that practices must meet the reasonable data requirements of commissioners and other health and social care organisations through appropriate and safe data sharing for secondary uses, as specified in the technical specification for care data.
We have specific arrangements in place to allow patients to “opt out” of care.data which allows for the removal of data from the practice. Please see the page about care.data on our website www.fressingfieldmedicalcentre.co.uk.
We confirm these arrangements are in place and that we undertake annual training and audits to ensure that all our data is handled correctly and safely via the Information Governance Toolkit.
A copy of this statement is available on request.
29th September 2015