What are the Great North Care Record Events?

Patients are being invited to attend two Great North Care Record Events where they can be a part of focus group sessions being held in November and December in South Tyneside to capture views and concerns on how their personal medical information is stored and shared by the new Great North Care Record (GNCR).

Historically, different NHS organisations have developed a range of individual systems to store patient records. This means important information held in one part of the health care system might not be readily available to other doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.

The team at GNCR – a project led by GP practices, hospitals, community and mental health trusts – believe a co-ordinated approach to sharing information through the development of a secure integrated system which shares key medical information will result in an improved patient experience.

Who will be able to see my information?

Now, all acute trusts, out of hours’ providers, mental health, ambulance and 111 services in the region can access a read-only version of patients’ records – with the patient’s permission.

Use of the care record is planned to be extended to other care providers including local authorities and further healthcare providers – so everyone involved in a patient’s direct care can access, update and share information electronically.

The next phase of the project is looking at how GNCR can gain permission from patients for their medical information to be used for healthcare planning and medical research purposes.

Your patient data will only be used when healthcare professionals are caring for you, and medical professionals will ask for your consent to access your record at the start of each period of care.  If you have previously chosen to opt out of sharing your GP record, information will not be available for them to review.

When and where are the Great North Care Record Events taking place in South Tyneside?

Healthwatch South Tyneside is holding the two focus group sessions from 10am to 12noon at The Jarrow Hub, Cambrian Street, Jarrow NE32 3QN on:

  • Tuesday 14th November 2017
  • Tuesday 5th December 2017

Tea/coffee and a buffet lunch will be provided. Please register to attend by ringing Healthwatch South Tyneside on (0191) 4897952.

For more information on the Great North Care Record visit: www.greatnorthcarerecord.org.uk