Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership together with NHS East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group has today announced the Surrey Care Record.
The Surrey Care Record will see some GP records being made available to professionals within the A&E departments of their four local hospital trusts – St Peter’s, Royal Surrey, Epsom and East Surrey. It wall also provide local GPs with access to the Surrey Care Record too.
At this stage records will only be shared by GPs and staff in local A&E departments (at St Peter’s, East Surrey, Epsom and Royal Surrey Hospitals), but in time other care staff will be able to access relevant information from other health and social care providers to further improve care.
The CCG said it plans to roll-out a regional communication plan imminetly to provide key details about Surrey Care Record to local residents.
Dr Andrew Sharpe is an Epsom GP and Chief Clinical Information Officer for Surrey Care Record. He said: “Most patients already believe we are sharing records. Neighbouring areas such as Hampshire have had shared care records for years. Surrey Care Record brings the county into the digital 21st century – allowing care information to flow between organisations so patients only have to tell their story once.”
“Other benefits that will help patients and staff alike include not having to repeat tests or outpatient appointments just because a patient’s records are invisible to some health and care staff.”
The CCG also said to HTN that Patients can choose to opt out of the Surrey Care Record should they wish to and they are fully compliant with the recent GDPR changes.
The Surrey Care Record will be launched on 29 August 2018. For more information can be found on the Surrey Heartlands website at www.surreyheartlands.uk/surreycarerecord