Statement Of Intent

IT/Electronic Patient Records – Statement of intent for St Clements Surgery

New contractual requirements came into force in April 2015, requiring that GP practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:

  1. Referral Management
  2. Electronic Appointment Booking
  3. Online booking of repeat prescriptions
  4. Summary Care Record
  5. GP2GP transfers
  6. Patient access to records

Please find below details of the practice stance with regards to these developments:

1. Referral management

All practices must include the NHS number as the primary identifier in all NHS clinical correspondence issued by the practice.

St Clements Surgery include the NHS Number on all correspondence

2. Electronic appointment booking

Practices are required to promote and offer the facility for all patients, who wish to, book/view/amend/cancel/print appointments online.

St Clements Surgery currently offer the facility for booking and cancelling appointments online.

3. Online booking of repeat prescriptions

Practices are required to promote and offer the facility for all patients, who wish to, order online, view and print a list of their repeat prescriptions for necessary drugs, medicines or appliances.

St Clements Surgery currently offer the facility for ordering repeat prescriptions online.

4. Summary Care Record

Practices are required to enable successful automated upload of any changes to a patient’s summary information, at least on a daily basis to the Summary Care Record. Having your Summary Care Record 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.

St Clements Surgery is already actively using Summary Care Record. However, if you do not want your medical records to be available in this way, then please let a member of staff know so that your record can be updated. You can complete the ‘opt out form’ either at the surgery or download it here

5. GP2GP record transfers

There is a contractual requirement to utilise the GP2GP facility for the transfer of patient records between practices, when a patient registers or de-registers. It is 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 be forwarded onto your new gP via NHS England. It can take several weeks for your paper records to reach your new surgery. With GP2GP record transfers, your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much quicker.

St Clements Surgery confirms that GP2GP record transfers are already active and we send and receive patient records using this system.

6. Patient access to their GP record

Practices are required to promote and offer the facility for patients to view online, export or print the detailed information their medical record. For example, information held in coded form.

St Clements Surgery confirms that since January 2016, this facility has been available to patients.