Neasham Road Surgery
186 Neasham Road Darlington County Durham DL1 4YL
Tel: 01325 461128
Fax: 01325 469123
Out of Hours: 111

What is the Great North Care Record?

The Great North Care Record is a new way of sharing medical information across the North East and North Cumbria which is accessed by health and social care practitioners.  It means that key information about your health such as diagnoses, medications, details of hospitals admissions and treatments is shared between different healthcare services including hospitals, out of hours and ambulance services.

This Patient Leaflet is also available at local GP surgeries.

When will my Great North Care Record be accessed?

If you are receiving treatment, the people treating you will ask your permission to access your record.  Your record will only be accessed with your permission. You have the choice at the point of care all together if you would prefer.

Who accesses the Great North Care Record?

Currently, accident and emergency departments, ambulance service, 111 services and out of hours in the North East and North Cumbria can access a read-only version of your GP record – with your permission. Access to health information is highly protected and safely stored. Only clinicians who have the right level of clearance are able to access your health information and their access is fully auditable.

How does the Great North Care Record benefit me as a patient?

Historically, each organisation involved in your care such as your GP, local hospital, physiotherapy department or ambulance service holds small pieces of information about you – but no one has an overall view of your entire medical history.  This is one reason why health and care practitioners often ask you the same questions over and over, or repeat the same tests.

With the Great North Care Record, the team treating you will have access to detailed clinical information. This information is only accessed with your permission and gives healthcare professionals a broader picture of your medical history.

With the Great North Care Record, these vital details are available securely, electronically and in real time.

How to opt out

We understand that not all patients are comfortable with their information being shared in this way.  We have made it really easy to opt out of your information being shared between healthcare practitioners
To opt out please go to the following page

Opting out is your choice. As this project is separate to other information sharing projects such as the Summary Care Record and TPP SystmOne sharing, you need to opt out of each project individually. Opting out of the Great North Care Record only prevents your information being shared locally between healthcare services.

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