GP2GP allows patients' electronic health records to be transferred directly, securely, and quickly between their old and new practices, when they change GPs. This improves patient care by making full and detailed medical records available to practices, for a new patient's first and later consultations.
For patients who de-register from your practice list and do not register elsewhere, you will still need to print electronic records, in line with your usual process. Changes later in the year will mean that these suspended patient records will be held electronically in a national electronic records repository.
Note: It is no longer a requirement for GP practices to print off the electronic/digital patient record for a deceased patient. GP Practices should still return the legacy paper Lloyd George medical record (if one exists) to PCSE and PCSE will store it on behalf of the Practice.
GP2GP Large messaging
This increases the ability to transfer large electronic health records (greater than 5MB or more than 99 attachments), as well as removing file type restrictions that prevented certain attachments from transferring.
Note: both the old and new practice must have Large Messaging for a successful transfer.
Reduced paper printing when patients leave a practice
Less paper printing for patients leaving a practice means reduced cost for practices, plus reduced scanning at the new practice. A notification informs the sending practice if any printing is needed, once the new practice has integrated (filed) the record.
Practices using Version 2.2a should integrate the received electronic health record promptly within 8 days.
If not, the previous practice will automatically be notified at the end of day 8 that:
- the record has not been integrated, and
- that a paper copy of the electronic record should be printed, to send with the Lloyd George envelope to the new practice.