Practice Statement of Intent








New contractual requirements came into force from 1st April 2014 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.        On line Booking of repeat prescriptions


4.        Summary Care Record


5.        GP2GP transfers


6.        Patient Access to records.




The same contractual obligations require that we have a statement of intent regarding these developments in place and publicised by 30 September 2014.




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




Referral management  


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




Electronic appointment booking


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




This facility will be available to our patient in early Autumn 2014




Online Ordering/Viewing of repeat prescriptions


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




This facility will be available to our patients in early Autumn 2014




Summary Care Record


Practices are required to enable successful automated uploads 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 that you have a recorded allergy or sensitivity to.




The Whalebridge Practice is already live with SCR and confirms that this information is automatically updated on at least a daily basis to ensure that your information is  as up to date as possible. However, 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.  Please see our Reception Team to opt out.






GP2GP record transfers


There is a contractual requirement to utilise the GP2GP facility for the electronic transfer of patient records between practices, when a patient registers or de-registers. With GP to GP record transfers, your electronic record is transferred to your new practice much sooner than the old paper transfer of medical records. 




The Whalebridge Practice confirm that GP2GP transfers are already active and we send and receive patient records via this system.




Patient access to their GP record


Practices are required to promote and offer the facility for patients to view online, export or print any summary of information from their records relating to medications, allergies, adverse reactions and any other items/date such as ‘additional’ record elements which has been agreed between the contractor and the patient.  This facility will be available early 2015
















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