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Summary Care Record rollout begins in London

By Steve Nowottny

A GP practice in Southwark is to become the first in London to introduce the Summary Care Record, as the controversial project's national rollout gathers pace.

The Princess Street Group Practice near Elephant and Castle has written to patients informing them about care records and giving them 12 weeks to opt out of having one. If they do not do so, patients will have their records uploaded in mid-November.

The Summary Care Record has already been deployed in six early adopter areas and a handful of other trusts around the country, but it has yet to be rolled out in the capital.

Dr Sam Soo, a GP at the Princess Street Group Practice, said: ‘We would encourage all our patients to allow their records to be loaded onto the system as access to the Summary Care Record will allow clinicians to find out what the patient's current medication is, any allergy details and if they suffer any bad reactions to medicines, helping to make sure that any treatment is safe and appropriate.'

The Summary Care Record rollout in the capital is underway The Summary Care Record rollout in the capital is underway

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