“As a practice we are working with the North East Commissioning Support Unit to enable the use of the Summary Care Record as soon as is practical. This is dependent upon agencies outside of the practice control so we are unable to give an exact timetable. Patient safety and confidentiality are our prime concerns so we will only start the process once we are completely satisfied that these are not compromised in any way. We will update this page as we have more information on the timescales to rolling this out.
“In the meantime, more information about the summary care record and how it can benefit patients, please see: http://www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/. We have also produced a downloadable information leaflet, which does include an opt out form for patients to return if they have any concerns about the summary care record”.