Online access and medical records
Registering for online access
If you are aged over 18, we encourage you to apply for online access via the NHS app,which will allow you to:
- view test results
- access your NHS COVID-19 pass
- order repeat prescriptions
- see parts of your health record, includinations
- see communications between your GP surgery and other services, such as hospitals
- book, check or cancel appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional
To apply for online access:
Please download and sign up to the NHS app, via the link above. This will allow you to verify your ID. You will subsequently be granted the ability to request repeat medications, view your test results and records as well as make and cancel appointments 24 hours a day via the app.
Alternatively come into the surgery in person with photo ID (eg passport or driving licence). Your ID will be confirmed and you will be given the necessary form to complete and return to our team. This application is best made once your new patient registration has been processed.
All patients aged 13 and over are able to sign up to the NHS app using a smart phone to access their NHS COVID-19 pass
Please also take the opportunity to check your blood pressure while in the surgery waiting area and hand the reading to our staff.
Sharing Your Medical Record
Increasingly, patient medical data is shared e.g. between GP surgeries and District Nursing, in order to give clinicians access to the most up to date information when attending patients.
The systems we operate require that any sharing of medical information is consented to by patients beforehand. Patients must consent to sharing of the data held by a health provider out to other health providers and must also consent to which of the other providers can access their data.
e.g. it may be necessary to share data held in GP practices with district nurses but the local podiatry department would not need to see it to undertake their work. In this case, patients would allow the surgery to share their data, they would allow the district nurses to access it but they would not allow access by the podiatry department. In this way access to patient data is under patients' control and can be shared on a 'need to know' basis.
Summary Care Record
There is a Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it will contain just your medications and allergies.
Later on as the central NHS computer system develops, (known as the ‘Summary Care Record’ – SCR), other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it along with information from hospitals, out of hours services, and specialists letters that may be added as well.
Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases.
As with all new systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems, although even then, you should be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.
On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. Connecting for Health (CfH), the government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this practice should be able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System.
For existing patients it is different in that it is assumed that you want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.