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Primary care

Primary care is the first point of contact within the NHS for most patients.

Our information helps shape a range of services including GP practices, dental practices, community pharmacies and high-street opticians.

Primary care systems


NHSmail is a secure email service approved for sharing sensitive information.

Electronic Prescription Service

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) sends electronic prescriptions from GP surgeries direct to pharmacies.

Summary Care Records (SCR)

The SCR is an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records.

NHS Number

The NHS Number helps healthcare staff and service providers match patients to their health records.

NHS e-Referral Service

The NHS e-Referral Service provides patients with a choice of hospitals and clinics when booking appointments

General Practice (GP) Collections

We collect information from GPs across the UK for use in planning, research and generating payments.

Systems and Service Delivery

Systems and Service Delivery specialise in providing software development and associated IT services across the health and social care system.

GP Systems of Choice

GP Systems of Choice is a contractual framework to supply IT systems and services to GP practices and associated organisations in England. It makes sure GPs and practice staff have access to the best technology to support patient care.


Spine supports the IT infrastructure for health and social care in England, joining together over 23,000 healthcare IT systems in 20,500 organisations.


The Personal Demographics Service (PDS) is a national authoritative source of patient demographics data for the whole of the NHS.


GP2GP enables patients' electronic health records to be transferred directly and securely between GP practices.

Diagnostics Data Service

Improving data quality and interoperability standards in pathology, imaging, endoscopy, physiological measures and genomics health services.

Adoption Registration Service

This service handles Death Registration Enquiries and Hereditary Medical Conditions enquiries for adoptees and birth relatives.

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