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The Welsh GP Record

The Welsh GP Record has replaced the Individual Health Record

NHS Wales is making some changes to the way it uses patient information for patient care and what information will be shared between services to ensure clinicians have important information about you in order to provide you with the right care at the right time in the right place.

Vital information has been available for some time to support your care when the surgery is closed or in an emergency. Until recently, those caring for you in hospital, during an outpatient appointment or in-patient stay were not able to access important information held by your GP straight away.  In June 2021, Community pharmacies who have an Independent Prescriber also have access to a patient’s Welsh GP Record helping them make informed healthcare decisions.

Health Professionals may access your Welsh GP record only if they are authorised to do so.  Strict controls are in place to keep your information safe.  Only the people caring for you will be able to look at your Welsh GP Record and the must ask your permission first.

If you are unconscious, NHS Wales’ staff may still look at your Welsh GP record without your permission in order to provide you with the best and safest possible care.  Any decision to look at your Welsh GP record when you are not able to give your permission will be recorded with an explanation of why the decision was taken.

You have a choice about having your information shared in this way; if you do not with information about you to be shared, please let us know and we will record this in your medical record.

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Date published: 9th June, 2021
Date last updated: 9th June, 2021