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Staffordshire Access to Medical Records, Staffordshire Police Arrest three Boys for Criminal Damage

Written by on 16 November 2023

More patients in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent can now access their medical records online than almost anywhere else in the country.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent now lead the country in online patient record access, with over 97 per cent of practices offering this service, surpassing the national 90 per cent target. This allows patients to efficiently access their complete medical records from home, giving them control over their healthcare whilst saving time and money. This new system change also helps GPs to be more efficient with their care for other patients by reducing waiting times.

Dr Paddy Hannigan, Clinical Director for Primary Care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board comments: “We are extremely pleased 97 per cent of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent General Practices have signed up to and are now offering patients online access to their medical records. We hope to hit 100 per cent soon.”

“Patients will now be able to access all parts of their future medical records, including documents and free text following a consultation so they can check the advice they have been given in-surgery. This can support patient health and well-being and provide positive health outcomes for patients. We would like to ensure everyone that it is completely safe and complies with the Data Protection Act meaning your details are safe and secure.”

“The ICB would like to thank their practices for their hard work in achieving this level of uptake and in ensuring their patients have access to their full future medical record.”

Local medical committees and digital teams have worked together to make sure this new system benefits patients by putting them first and making engaging with their health easier, setting a great example for the rest of the country.

To find out how to view your GP record online, visit the NHS website.

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Staffordshire Police have arrested three boys as our investigation into the spate of criminal damage in Stoke-on-Trent on bonfire night continues.

Officers were called to a number of areas in Snow Hill, Shelton, between 8.45pm and 9.15pm on Sunday 5 November. Reports included a large group of masked youths deliberately causing damage to a number of buildings and vehicles.

At one point, the group smashed a window at the Hanley Masonic Hall and threw a firework inside, which ignited and set fire.

Our colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended and extinguished the fire. Luckily, no one was inside at the time and no one was injured.

Earlier this week (14 November), we arrested three 16-year-old boys, from Stoke-on-Trent, on suspicion of arson and criminal damage.

All have been questioned in custody and released under conditional police bail while enquiries continue.

We would like to thank everyone who has already come forward with information and those who have spoken with officers in the area as part of our investigation. We’re still keen to speak to anyone who might have information, particularly those with CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage of the area at the time.

Call us on 101, quoting incident 696 of 5 November, or message us using Live Chat on our website.

To report anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.