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Summary Care Record uploads begin outside pilot areas

By Steve Nowottny

Practices outside six pilot areas have for the first time begun uploading Summary Care Records, as the national rollout gathers pace.

GPs in three areas which were not part of the early adopter scheme started uploading records last week, after a public information programme giving patients the opportunity to opt out.

NHS Medway became the seventh trust in the country – after early adopters in Bolton, Bury, South Birmingham, Dorset, Bradford and South West Essex – to upload Summary Care Records.

A Connecting for Health spokesperson confirmed that GPs in Stoke-on-Trent and Lincolnshire have also now begun uploading records.

Marion Dinwoodie, chief executive of NHS Medway, said: ‘I am delighted that the upload has successfully gone ahead, and that patients in Medway are among the first in the country to benefit from the use of 21st century technology safely and securely to share crucial health information.'

‘It will greatly improve the safety of their care and, in some cases, may save lives. The scheme is rapidly moving forward to include many more people in Medway and everyone will be offered the opportunity to have a Summary Care Record by the end of 2010.'

Dr Jana's surgery in Napier Road was the first practice in Medway to upload records, while Walderslade Village Surgery and The Parks Surgery will follow shortly.

The PCT said a public information campaign for a second wave of seven further practices is also now underway.

The Summary Care Record rollout is gathering pace The Summary Care Record rollout is gathering pace

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