We have gone live with a new online electronic consultation solution that NHS England have introduced called PATCHS. We recommend all patients to please register for an account. Please click on contact your GP online below for further information.
Online Patient Access
Our patients can make and cancel appointments with doctors, request repeat prescriptions, change their contact details to the practice, all online using the Patient Access service. To use the Patient Access service for the first time you will need to obtain a registration letter from Reception and also bring with you Photographic ID such as passport or driving license as proof of identification. You will need to collect the registration letter in person as we are unable to post the letter for security reasons.
A new contractual requirement came into force from 1 April 2014 requiring that GP Practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:
Please find below details of the Practices stance with regards to these points.
Summary Care Record (SCR)
NHS England require Practices to enable successful automated uploads of any chance to patients summary information, at least on a daily basis, to the summary care record (SCR) or have published plans to achieve this by 31 March 2015.
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.
GP to GP Record Transfers
NHS England requires 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.
Devaney Medical Centre confirms 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
NHS England requires Practices to promote and offer the facility to enable patient’s online access to appointments, prescriptions, allergies and adverse reactions, or have published plans in place to achieve this by 31 March 2015.
We currently offer the facility for booking and cancelling appointments and also for ordering your repeat prescriptions on-line. This is done by collecting a personal pin number at reception and activating your registration via our Practice Website.
By March 2015, we will offer patients the facility to view, export or print summary information from their records relating to medications, allergies and adverse reactions.
Data for Commissioning and Other Secondary Care Purposes
It is already a requirement of the Health & 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 care usage, as specified in the technical specification for care data.
At Devaney Medical Centre 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 contact the surgery if you require further information or for the forms to “opt out”.
Devaney Medical Centre confirm these arrangements are in place and that we undertake l training and audits to ensure that all our data is handled correctly and safely via the Information Governance Toolkit.