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A FAREHAM doctor has explained the difference between three types of data held by GPs.

It comes as NHS England has announced a six-month ‘pause’ to the rollout of the care data programme that was scheduled to start from April this year.

The programme will combine data from GP practices, hospitals and other care providers, to help find more effective ways of preventing, treating and managing illnesses.

Dr Ian Bell, of the Lee-on-the-Solent Medical Practice, in Manor Way, said some patients are getting that record confused with two others.

He said: ‘There’s the Hampshire Health Record, which holds all information of patients and treatments in the county.

‘Last autumn the government started the national Summary Care Record, which is for practical use on patients.’

People can opt out of any of the records. To find out more, speak to a GP or visit nhs.uk/nhsengland/thenhs/records/healthrecords/