Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership together with NHS East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced that the Surrey Care Record is due to be launched in August.

The record will see some GP records being made available to clinicians within the A&E departments of the four local hospital trusts – St Peter’s, Royal Surrey, Epsom and East Surrey.

Local GPs will also have access to the record when it is launched on 29 August.

Initially, it will only be shared by GPs and staff in local A&E departments at St Peter’s, East Surrey, Epsom and Royal Surrey Hospitals.

However, it is hoped other care staff will be able to access relevant information from other health and social care providers to further improve care in the future.

Dr Andrew Sharpe, Epsom GP and CCIO for Surrey Care Record, said: “Most patients already believe we are sharing records.

“Neighbouring areas such as Hampshire have had shared care records for years. Surrey Care Record brings the county into the digital 21st century – allowing care information to flow between organisations so patients only have to tell their story once.

“Other benefits that will help patients and staff alike include not having to repeat tests or outpatient appointments just because a patient’s records are invisible to some health and care staff.”

Patients can choose to opt out of the Surrey Care Record should they wish to.

NHS England is investing heavily in shared records and has named the first three Local Health and Care Record Exemplars (LHCRE).

The three areas, which have a total population of around 14 million, will receive £7.5m over two years and are tasked with putting in place an electronic shared local health and care record by building on existing local work.