GP records are a person's main health and care record from birth to end of life. A national programme aims to fully digitise GP records in the next few years.
In order to provide a fully digitised GP service, historic records in general practice should be scanned and stored digitally. These old records were stored in ‘Lloyd George’ envelopes, and need to be held for legal reasons. Although these patient records are no longer updated, they are needed to understand patients’ medical histories and provide patients with online access to their medical information.
North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS) has identified options for digitising historic Lloyd George records. PRSB is now consulting relevant professionals, patients and the public about the options and NECS’ recommended process, with a view to assuring it.
PRSB conducted a national consultation involving GPs, patients, carers and other community professionals to find out their views on digitising these records, and what the benefits and challenges might be.
We will feed back our findings and the recommendations that emerge from the consultation to inform policy.