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Should we change Read codes to GMS codes?

Can I replace our existing Read codes with the new GMS contract codes?

We strongly advise against deletion of previously entered codes unless it is for clinical reasons. The computer record exists to support clinical care, to capture what happened to the patient, and also acts as the medicolegal safeguard as well as supporting research and so forth. As such it should not be changed just to support the Q&O framework reports. It therefore follows that where a patient has a condition that is within the Q&O but their record does not have the appropriate entry ­ ie, in the past the practice used different codes ­ the new codes should be added to the records.

Where a patient has met a quality target but the code used is not a qualifying code ­ ie, they have used an unusual code to record blood pressures ­ they should add a correct code from the agreed lists and copy across any numerical values. The newly added code should be dated the same as the original non-qualifying code ­ the date the activity took place. Both the above preserve the original record as it was constructed but ensure the patient will now count towards the targets.

Londonwide LMCs Reproduced with thanks from their website:

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