Making more information available will have benefits to both people receiving care and the professionals involved in providing that care. The Great North Care Record will only be accessed by authorised people involved in care, which will be beneficial by allowing:

  • More appropriate and safer care by helping to ensure people are seen by the most appropriate professional who has the most current information
  • Patients won’t need to answer the same questions many times, professionals will have information from others involved in that care episode available to them
  • Fewer delays while telephone or written requests are submitted
  • Fewer tests being repeated or carried out unnecessarily
  • Clinical staff devoting more time to patient care, rather than chasing information from different sources
  • NHS organisations in the North East will be sharing medical information more efficiently and through an electronic system. This will help to ensure that you receive safe care and do not have to tell your story more than once
  • Limited information about you is already shared with your GP practice when you visit a hospital or walk-in centre. Information from your GP records will now be shared more comprehensively with hospitals, the ambulance service and out of hours providers so that they can provide you with better care
  • This means that any healthcare professionals treating you will have access to the most up-to-date and accurate information about your health and current treatments, and can give you better advice and provide safer and more effective care
  • Your patient data will only be used when healthcare professionals are caring for you. Medical professionals will ask for your consent to access your record at the start of each period of care. If you have chosen to opt out of sharing your GP record, information will not be available for the clinician to review
  • Records will be handled in a more secure and confidential manner