GPs exceed NHS targets for online record access

Almost all GP practices in England are offering summary care records for patients, topping targets set by NHS England, according to official statistics.

The number of practices giving access to summary medical records has soared from 3 to 97% in the last year – surpassing NHS England’s aim for 95% by March 2015.

An overwhelming majority of practices are also offering online appointment and prescription services, figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show.

NHS England is advising patients to ask their GP surgery to set up online access to their booking services.

Online benefits

‘Many patients want the flexibility of booking services online so we are delighted that GPs have worked so hard to make this possible,’ said Beverley Bryant, director of digital technology for NHS England.

NHS England is aiming for every patient to have access to their full health records online by 2018.

Dr Masood Nazir, GP and national clinical lead for NHS England’s Patient Online programme added: ‘Online services help to make patients’ lives easier and can reduce the paperwork for those in general practice.

‘As GPs offer more online access we will continue to work closely with them to ensure they feel confident these services deliver real benefits for their patients.’

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