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Lloyd George envelopes for paper patient records

As part of the Lloyd George envelope digitisation project which aims to digitise the historic paper patient records held by practices, the way you manage medical records for new patient registrations is changing. The production and distribution of new patient paper Lloyd George envelopes will be stopping in January 2021. The project will reduce the burden associated with the movement of paper records and freeing up space in your practice that is currently used for storage of these records.

In the first instance you should follow your usual process to scan the paperwork to include in the patient’s digital record, if this is not possible, you can create a new envelope for the patient. You can do this by requesting a pack of Lloyd George envelopes through the PCSE supplies portal here and then writing the patient’s name, DOB and NHS number clearly on the front.

No. This is not yet the case; the envelopes are the property of the Secretary of State and cannot be destroyed without their approval.

NHSE is in the process of securing Secretary of State permission to allow their destruction once scanned.

If you are considering digitising your paper/Lloyd George records, advice is available from the national programme team.

The Continuity and Digitisation of GP Records Programme FutureNHS page can be found here.

If you cannot already access this, you will need to email england.gprecordsdigitisation@nhs.net