Second wave of GPs adopt care records
A further nine practices in Bolton have become early adopters sites for the Summary Care Record.
The practices went live last week after the second phase of the rollout was brought forward.
Eleven practices in Bolton are now in place to upload care records for more than 66,000 patients unless they opt out.
Patients have been sent letters giving them eight weeks to opt out, otherwise information will be uploaded to the spine.
A spokesperson for Bolton PCT said the second wave had been brought forward to avoid conflict with the run-up to the local elections in May.
She said the remaining practices in Bolton would also soon join the initiative.
'At the moment the plan is that we do a letter to all the remaining patients registered with Bolton doctors in one go,' she said – although she was not able to say when this would be.
Dr Stephen Liversedge, a GP at the Egerton and Dunscar Health Centre in Bolton, said his practice had decided to join after hearing positive feedback from other GPs.
'Reports from the two practices in Bolton who have been the first to adopt this have encouraged us,' he said. 'Some of our patients have already expressed enthusiasm for the scheme.'
Dr Julie McMillen, a GP at Bradshaw Brow practice, one of the original two practices involved, said fewer than 10 of
the 4,500 patients at the practice had decided to opt out so far.
Additional workload for GPs to date had been minimal, she added.
'We've only had one family who wanted to come in and discuss opting out with a doctor.'