A CONTROVERSIAL scheme to put patients’ medical records online is to be rolled out across Kirklees.

The Summary Care Records will enable doctors to access a patient’s records wherever they need treatment.

More than 340,000 people living in the district will be affected by the UK-wide scheme.

The scheme has now been approved by health officials locally, after a consultation period.

It aims to change the way important medical information is shared with NHS staff.

Patients’ medical records will be uploaded to a central database where the information can then be shared between healthcare staff.

At present patient records are in paper files in GP surgeries.

The new database will store medical files in electronic form, with information including current prescriptions, allergies and reactions to medicines.

It means that if the patient is taken ill in another part of the country, a doctor will be able to access their medical history to help with their treatment.

Privacy campaigners have said the move shifts the ownership of medical information from health professionals to the state.

Health bosses have said the information is secure and only accessible to staff directly involved in a patient’s treatment.

Patients can contact the NHS care records information line on 0845 603 8510, the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01484 464464 or visit www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk.