Do It Online

 From April 2015 those patients with online access will be able to view their Summary Care Record (SCR)

Your SCR is a copy of key information held in your GP record. It provides authorised healthcare staff with faster, secure access to essential information about you - when you need unplanned care or when your GP practice is closed.

Summary Care Records will assist healthcare staff who may be treating you now and in the future. This can improve your experience of care and also the safety and quality of that care.

Your SCR already contains important information about any medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced. You may want other details about your care to be added to your SCR – this is called additional information.

Additional information will only be included in your SCR after discussion between you and your GP practice, and only if you give your permission.

 Your GP practice may recognise that having additional information in your SCR will be of benefit to you and may suggest this change. Alternatively, you can discuss your wishes with your GP practice and agree that information should be added to your SCR.

From April 2016 your GP surgery those patient with online access will be able to view their clinical coded information. This will not be automatically granted. Each patient will have to request to view this information and a clinician will check the records for harmful and /or sensitive data. For more detail please visit

What does Patient Online mean for GP practices?

Today, the majority of GP practices already offer online services, including appointment booking, ordering of repeat prescription, and access to summary information in records.

GP practices will increasingly expand online services over the next year.

Online services will be offered in addition to the traditional telephone and face-to-face means of interacting with a GP practice. Patients will be able to choose the route they prefer.

General Medical Services (GMS) and Personal Medical Services (PMS) regulations for 2015/16 include the requirement for GP practices to offer to patients who request it online access to their detailed coded records.  i.e. information, held in coded form, where requested by the patient and where GPSoC approved systems are available. In addition, this is subject to appropriate safeguards which are summarised in the British Medical Association’s (BMA) guidance and more detail is available in the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) guide.


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