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.

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.”

New data protection regulations cover the project. Patients can choose to opt out of the Surrey Care Record should they wish to. People wishing to opt out should speak to their GP practice. Care professionals will also be trained to ask for consent at the point of care before viewing your Surrey Care Record, giving you the opportunity to decide if you agree or not.

More information can be found on the Surrey Heartlands website at www.surreyheartlands.uk/surreycarerecord.

 

*The Surrey Care Record is managed by NHS East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Guildford & Waverley CCG, NHS North West Surrey CCG and NHS Surrey Downs CCG together with Surrey County Council.