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Spine is not the only option for record sharing

There are plenty of ways by which patients - or their GPs - can make medical information available to doctors working out of hours or in A&E, should the patient's medical history warrant it.

The spine is not the only option. For many patients, the availability of their records, through the Summary Care Record or otherwise, will be of little or no benefit whatsoever.

It is important that we explore alternatives that would give the patient greater or full control over who has access and the detail of information provided, in conjunction with their GP as appropriate.

I have detailed many such alternatives on the NHS Database website.

From Dr Neil Bhatia, Yateley, Hampshire

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