Shared Care Records Growing in the Wairarapa

09 September 2014

The Shared Care Record is growing. It is currently in place for adult patients from Masterton Medical, Whaiora, Carterton Medical Centre, Martinborough Health Centre, Featherston Medical Centre and Greytown Medical Centre.

From 1 October, children and young people under 18 will also have their GP information available on the Shared Care Record.

Children were originally excluded from the Shared Care Record as there were concerns about patients in unsafe situations at home being coerced into revealing their access to their patient portal record. The software has now changed and ManageMyHealth now differentiates between the Shared Care Record and the patient portal, meaning children can have a Shared Care Record without having to have a Patient Portal.

This has alleviated the need for this rule in the MidCentral and Capital & Coast implementation and will now be employed in the Wairarapa to standardise the 3 DHBs records.

From 1 October, the Shared Care Record will also include lab results and discharge summaries. This will be available to all Shared Care Record users in general practice and afterhours but will not be available to the Emergency department, Hospital or Community Pharmacy.

We will be informing patients of these changes in the local newspapers over the next month and will be reiterating the fact that all patients can opt out of the SCR at any time.  Parents are entitled to opt out their children (under 18) but the SCR Administrator may phone their enrolled practice to confirm the relationship before confirming the opt out.

If patients do not wish any other health providers to have access to their Shared Care Record, they can opt-out by calling us on 0800 727 664 or sending a letter to the freepost address below:

Freepost Authority Shared Care Record
PO Box 27380,
Marion Square,
Wellington 6141. (No stamp required)