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The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Scotland) Regulations 2004

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66.—(1) In this paragraph, “computerised records” means records created by way of entries on a computer.

(2) The contractor shall keep adequate records of its attendance on and treatment of its patients and shall do so—

(a)on forms supplied to it for the purpose by the Health Board; or

(b)with the written consent of the Health Board, by way of computerised records,or in a combination of those two ways.

(3) The contractor shall include in the records referred to in sub-paragraph (2) clinical reports sent in accordance with paragraph 7 of this Schedule or from any other health care professional who has provided clinical services to a person on its list of patients.

(4) The consent of the Health Board required by sub-paragraph (2)(b) shall not be withheld or withdrawn provided the Health Board is satisfied, and continues to be satisfied, that—

(a)the computer system upon which the contractor proposes to keep the records has been accredited by the Scottish Ministers or another person on their behalf as suitable for that purpose in accordance with “RFA V.1.—Requirements for Accreditation in General Practice Computer Systems in Scotland”(1);

(b)the security measures, audit and system management functions incorporated into the computer system as accredited in accordance with paragraph (a) have been enabled; and

(c)the contractor is aware of, and has signed an undertaking that it will have regard to any guidelines issued by the Scottish Ministers and notified, in writing, to the contractor by the Health Board concerning good practice in the keeping of electronic patient records.

(5) Where a patient’s records are computerised records, the contractor shall, as soon as possible following a request from the Health Board, allow the Board to access the information recorded on the contractor’s computer system by means of the audit function referred to in sub-paragraph (4)(b) to the extent necessary for the Board to confirm that the audit function is enabled and functioning correctly.

(6) The contractor shall send the complete records relating to a patient to the Health Board—

(a)where a person on its list dies, before the end of the period of 14 days beginning with the date on which it was informed by the Health Board of the death, or (in any other case) before the end of the period of one month beginning with the date on which it learned of the death; or

(b)in any other case where the person is no longer registered with the contractor, as soon as possible, at the request of the Health Board.

(7) To the extend that a patient’s records are computerised records, the contractor complies with sub-paragraph (6) if it sends to the Health Board a copy of those records—

(a)in written form; or

(b)with the written consent of the Health Board, in any other form.

(8) The consent of the Health Board to the transmission of information other than in written form for the purposes of sub-paragraph (7)(b) shall not be withheld or withdrawn provided it is satisfied, and continues to be satisfied, with the following matters—

(a)the contractor’s proposals as to how the record will be transmitted;

(b)the contractor’s proposals as to the format of the transmitted record;

(c)how the contractor will ensure that the record received by the Health Board is identical to that transmitted; and

(d)how a written copy of the record can be produced by the Health Board.

(9) A contractor whose patient records are computerised records shall not disable, or attempt to disable, either the security measures or the audit and system management functions referred to in sub-paragraph (4)(b).

(1)

RFA V.1 is published on Scottish Health On the Web (SHOW) at the following link:http://www.show.scot.nhs.uk/publications/me/gpcomputerrecords/rfav1.pdf.

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