GPs in Surrey Heartlands and East Surrey CCG have been hearing about the Surrey Care Record for several weeks. And the end of May has seen the beginning of the public communications campaign for the health and care record sharing system.
Over the next few weeks leaflets will be coming through letterboxes to provide people with key details about the Surrey Care Record which will eventually give selected health and social care professionals shared access to records.
From the end of August, this will see some GP records being made available to professionals within the A&E departments of the four local hospital trusts – St Peter’s, Royal Surrey, Epsom and East Surrey. Local GPs will have 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.
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.