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Contractual requirements which came into force on 1 April 2014 require all GP practices to achieve certain IT requirements and publicise their plan in the form of a Statement of Intent.  These requirements should be achieved by 31 March 2015.

Beacon Medical is pleased to announce that we shall achieve the requirements before the 31 March 2015 deadline.

  1. Referral Management
  2. Electronic Appointment Booking
  3. Online Prescription Ordering
  4. Summary Care Record
  5. GP2GP transfers
  6. Patient Access to Records

Referral management

Beacon Medical's clinical correspondence includes the patient's NHS number as the primary identifier, whether in electronic form or otherwise, except in circumstances where the NHS number cannot be ascertained, such as when a patient is seen urgently at home. 

Electronic appointment booking

Beacon Medical offers limited online appointment booking via SystmOnline.  

All appointments can be cancelled at any time of day or night online via SystmOnline, saving you from phoning the surgery.

Please ask at reception to register for this service.

Online prescription ordering

Beacon Medical patients are able to order repeat prescriptions online and to view or print a list of their repeat prescriptions for necessary drugs, medicines or appliances.

Summary care records

GP practices are required to enable successful automated uploads of any changes to patients' summary information at least once every working day to the Summary Care Record (SCR).  Beacon Medical can confirm that successful daily uploads are made. 

Having your summary care record available helps anyone treating you without your full medical record.  They will have access to information about any medication you may be taking and any drugs to which you have a recorded allergy or sensitivity.

If you not wish to have a Summary Care Record available, please contact reception so that we may update your records.  Please ask for an ‘Opt out’ form.

GP2GP record transfers

GP2GP record transfers are the electronic transfer of patient medical records between GP practices.  This is how your record is transferred when changing GP surgery and ensures that your new GP has your most up to date medical records instantly.  Paper medical records can take some weeks to reach your new GP.  Beacon Medical sends and receives all patient medical records in this manner.

Patient access to records

Practices are required to promote and offer the facility for patients to view their records online, export or print any summary information from their records relating to medications, allergies, adverse reactions and any other items/date such as ‘additional’ record elements which has been agreed between the surgery and the patient.

All patients registered for online services automatically have access to this facility.  Patients wishing to take advantage of this facility will need to visit reception to register with a current form of photo ID.

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