Welsh GP Record
AS FROM NOVEMBER 21st 2016
NHS Wales is making some changes to the way it uses patient information for care.
From autumn 2016 a digital summary of the information held in your GP record will be available to the doctors, nurses and registered health professionals looking after you when you in hospital.
It will help them to give quick, safe and quality care.
Vital information from your GP Record has been available for some time to support your care when the surgery is closed ‘out of hours’ or in an emergency.
But, until now those caring for you in hospital, during an outpatient appointment of in-patient stay, were not able to access the important information held by your GP straight away. This includes current medications, recent tests and allergies.
Only the healthcare professionals looking you can see your information, and only with your permission. NHS Wales can check on who, when and how every record was looked at.
The Welsh GP Record is a summary of your full GP medical record. It contains your:
- Name, address and contact details
- Current medication and medication they have been prescribed in the last two years
- Allergies or any adverse reactions
- Current problems or diagnosis
- Results of any recent tests they have had in the previous year, for example, blood tests and x-rays
It does not include any private discussions you may have had with your GP.
If you don’t want anyone other than your GP to see your records you can opt-out. You can do this by completing an opt-out form available from your GP practice.
Patients are encouraged to talk with their GP before opting-out as it could make a difference to the care they receive. If a parent or guardian of a child under 16 does not wish their child to have a record, they can opt-out on their behalf, but should discuss this with their GP first.