Statement of Intent

IT/Electronic Patient Records

Our Statement of Intent

New contractual requirements came into force from 1st April 2014 requiring that GP practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:-

  1. Referral Management
  2. Electronic Appointment Booking
  3. On line Booking of repeat prescriptions
  4. Summary Care Record
  5. GP2GP transfers
  6. Patient Access to records.
  7. Enable patient feedback (FFT)

Please find below details of Amersham Health Centre’s stance with regards to these developments:-

Referral management

All practices must include the NHS Number as the primary identifier in all NHS clinical correspondence issued by the practice.

Electronic appointment booking

Practices are required to promote and offer the facility for all patients, who wish to, to book, view, amend, cancel and print appointments online.

We currently offer the facility for booking and cancelling some appointments on-line. Please come into the Practice and complete a form to register for on line services.

Online booking of repeat prescriptions

Practices are required to promote and offer the facility for all patients, who wish to, to order online, view and print a list of their repeat prescriptions for necessary drugs, medicines or appliances.

We currently offer the facility for ordering repeat prescriptions on-line. Please come into the practice and complete a form to request access and you can then order your repeat medication online.

Interoperable records/Summary Care Record

Practices are required to enable successful automated uploads of any changes to a patient’s summary information, at least on a daily basis to the Summary Care record (SCR). Having your Summary Care Record available will help 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.

Amersham Health Centre is already live with SCR. However, if you do not want your medical records to be available in this way and have not already informed the practice then you will need to let us know and we will update your record. You can do this via the ‘Summary Care Record Opt out form’ which is available from the surgery.

Please visit Summary Care Record – NHS England Digital for more information.

GP2GP record transfers

There is a requirement for GP Practices to utilise the GP2GP facility for the transfer of patient records between practices, when a patient registers or de-registers

It is very important that you are registered with a doctor at all times. If you leave your GP and register with a new GP, your medical records will be removed from your previous doctor and forwarded on to your new GP via NHS England. With GP to GP transfer, your electronic record is transferred to your new practice within 24hrs.

Amersham Health Centre confirms that GP2GP transfers are already active and we send and receive patient records via this system.

Please visit  GP2GP – NHS England Digital for more information

Patient access to their GP record

Practices are required to promote and offer the facility for patients to view online, export or print any summary of information from their records relating to medications, allergies, adverse reactions and any other items such as ‘additional’ record elements which have been agreed between the practice and the patient i.e. Immunisations & Test results.

Patients can now access some of their medical records online (medications and allergies). Please come into the Practice and complete a form to register for on line services.

Information to support patients accessing online services

The NHS app is owned and run by the NHS and offers a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services online
For more information please visit NHS App – NHS England Digital

Emis Patient Access Website:

To use the Patient Access, you can come to the surgery to request a user name and password. You will need an e-mail address to register for this service. Once registered, you will need to activate your account via an email link:- Click here to open Patient Access.

How to give feedback to the practice about online services

To give feedback about online services, please write to the Practice Manager, Amersham Health Centre, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham, Bucks HP6 5AY.

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