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GP Connect Access Document - FHIR API

Retrieve unstructured documents from a patient’s GP practice record.


Use this API to retrieve unstructured documents from a patient’s GP practice record. Unstructured documents are usually clinical documents received from various health and care settings and held by a patient's registered GP practice.

You can:

  • search for a patient’s documents
  • retrieve a document

For example, a district nurse attends a patient at home and views their hospital discharge summary held by their GP practice.

For more details, see the GP Connect specifications for developers.

API status

This API (v1.5.0) is in beta.

Service level

This API is a silver service, meaning it is operational 24 x 7 x 365 but only supported during business hours (8am to 6pm), Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays.

For more details, see service levels.


This API is a FHIR API.

For more details, see FHIR.

Network access

You need a Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) connection to use this API.

For more details, see Network access for APIs.


For a full list of interactions for this API, see GP Connect API v1.5.0-beta – which contains Access Document.

For details on the general structure of the interactions, see FHIR.

Last edited: 20 January 2022 4:26 pm