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Medical Records

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards ensuring that GP care record systems will be compatible with the Summary Care Record. (252340)

Three general practitioner (GP) care systems have successfully demonstrated compatibility and have been used in the creation of patient summary care records in the early adopter primary care trusts. It is anticipated that a fourth supplier will have achieved compatibility by April 2009. These four suppliers represent 95 per cent. of all GP care systems in use throughout England. Other suppliers are making progress towards compatibility, but no firm timelines exist for their systems to achieve compatibility at this stage.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of patients in each (a) acute trust, (b) primary care trust, (c) mental health trust and (d) GP practice have had their care records uploaded; (252341)

(2) how many and what proportion of (a) acute trusts, (b) primary care trusts, (c) mental health trusts and (d) GP practices in each region have deployed summary care records; and what the timetable for their full deployment is.

A summary care record (SCR) early adopter programme has been established in a small number of primary care trusts (PCTs) to ensure lessons were learned prior to national implementation of the SCR. The number of patient records created and the number of general practitioner (GP) practices that have created summary care records, as at 27 January 2009, are in the following table.

In accordance with the NHS operating framework 2009-10, strategic health authorities will agree the timeline for implementing the SCR with PCTs as commissioners, and have been asked to plan for roll-out of the SCR based on a two-year window for the full deployment of SCR from the date on which all GP systems used in the PCT area are compliant with national programme for information technology systems and services.


General practices live with SCR

Number of SCRs created







South Birmingham






Other NHS organisations and services able to access the summary care record:

Royal Bolton Hospital, Accident and Emergency Service;

Bolton Out of Hours Service;

Bolton Walk in Centre, Lever Chambers Centre;

Bury Out of Hours Service;

Bury and Rochdale Doctors on Call BARDOC;

Fairfield General Hospital Bury, Accident and Emergency Department; and

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Mental Health Services.