Hospitals share medical records
CHANGES to the way medical records are stored and accessed by NHS staff in Gloucestershire will help save lives, health bosses insist.
Fears over patient privacy surfaced after health secretary Jeremy Hunt promised a paperless NHS by 2018.
The move will see all medical records stored on PCs and shared between hospitals, care homes, GPs and councils.
A spokesman for 2gether NHS Foundation Trust said: "There are strict guidelines and information sharing agreements governing any information we share with other organisations, including other NHS Trusts.
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"We will only generally share information about a patient with their consent, however this may be overruled if it is in the patient's interests to do so, for example in a genuine emergency."