The agency delivering the NHS modernisation programme, Connecting for Health (CfH) has revealed GPs have successfully used the new GP2GP data transfer system.

It has been revealed that doctors in Croydon, Surrey were first to electronically transfer patient records using the latest version 1.1 of the interoperability system.

The system will replace the often paper-based and time consuming process of transferring patient records physically between surgeries when a person moves. CfH said the new system would reduce the risk of treatment errors while GPs wait to verify patient histories.

The first version of GP2GP has rolled out to 500 practices, while the version 1.1 upgrade will be sent out across the country shortly, CfH said.