It is a contractual requirement for practices to enable patients to have online access to a more detailed version of their medical record (rather than the patient summary version currently available online) by the 31st March 2016.
Safeguards have been negotiated in implementing expanded records access. There are circumstances where a GP may believe it is not in the best interests of the patient to share all information in the record, for example where it could cause harm to their physical or mental health. GP medical records software will be configured to offer all coded data by default, but GPs will be provided with the tools to withhold coded information where they judge it to be in the patient’s interests or where there is reference to a third party.
Bridge Street Medical Centre is committed to implementing this process as soon as the Medical Records supplier (TPP) make this function available to us.