GP Practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:
- Summary Care Record (SCR).
- GP to GP Record Transfers.
- Patient Online Access to Their GP Record.
- 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.
Please find below details of the practices’ stance with regards to these points.
Summary Care Record (SCR)
Please visit our Summary Care Record page for more information.
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 weeks to reach your new surgery.
With GP to GP record transfers your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner.
Mere Surgery confirms that GP to GP transfers are already active and we send and receive patient records via this system. It can take several weeks for your paper records to reach your new surgery.
Patient Online Access to Their GP Record
We currently offer the facility for cancelling appointments and also for ordering your repeat prescriptions and viewing a summary of your medical records online. If you do not already have a user name and password for this system please ask the receptionist to provide you with one. If you require access to your records online please request this option when you log in to your account.
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.
Mere Surgery have specific arrangements in place to allow patients to “opt out” of care.
Mere Surgery confirms 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.