GP online services allow you to access a range of services via your computer, mobile or tablet. Once you have signed up, you will be able to:
- book or cancel appointments online
- renew or order repeat prescriptions online
- view parts of your GP record, including information about medication, allergies, vaccinations, previous illnesses and test results
You can still contact the practice by phone or in person, this is just another option, which other patients have found is more convenient and saves them time. More information including “how to” leaflets and videos of patients and why they are using GP online services are available at www.nhs.uk/gponlineservices
How to sign-up
For more information, please contact reception or next time you visit the surgery, bring with you a piece of photo ID (passport, driving licence) and something with your address on like a bank statement but not a gas or electric bill. If you don’t have these, please talk to us and we will help you sign-up
Following the 2015-2016 GP contract negotiations, GP practices will also be required to offer online access to the detailed information from the medical record i.e. information held in coded form. However, where the necessary systems are not available to practices during 2015-2016, practices are required to publish a plan by 30 September 2015 on how they intend to achieve the requirement by 31 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 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.
Where free text is currently embedded within coded information, technical amendments will be made to GP software, through the GPSoC contract, to allow coded information to be separated from free text to allow GPs to withhold free text whilst still meeting the contractual obligation to provide coded information. Practices are only expected to meet the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 requirements for patient online access to their record when they have been provided with the GPSoC approved and funded IT systems. See later section on 'Availability of GPSoC approved systems'.
Once full coded data is avaliable then Westwood Clinic will be offering patients access to their clinical records. This message will be updated when this service is avaliable.