When NHAIS is decommissioned and Open Exeter closed, it will no longer be possible to search for demographics data (name, address, date of birth, NHS number, GP practice). Instead, this information will only be available through the Personal Demographics Service (PDS) (sometimes referred to as the Spine). PDS is the national electronic database of NHS demographics details such as name, address, date of birth and NHS Number (known as demographic information).
For people new to using PDS, we recommend that you initially look at accessing demographics information via Summary Care Record application (SCRa).
We are removing access to demographics data via Open Exeter in phases. We have emailed all users who are currently only using Open Exeter to search for demographics information, advising them that we will be removing their access. Staff supporting cervical screening, HPV vaccinations and recording blood/organ donor preferences will retain their access to demographics data until the introduction of new services later this year.
The initial 3 phases for removing access to Open Exeter are scheduled as below.
End of July covering staff in:
- mental health trusts
- wheelchair services
- continence services
Middle of August covering staff in:
- ambulance trusts
- breast screening offices
- Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
- Clinical Support Units (CSUs)
- local authorities
End of August covering some staff in:
- arms length bodies
- NHS acute trusts
If you think these changes will affect you, please check your email (including junk email) or contact the Open Exeter Helpdesk at email@example.com.
If you are using demographics data to directly support cervical screening, see the Cervical screening section below.
If you are using demographics data to directly support HPV vaccinations, see the HPV vaccinations section below.
If you are using demographics data to record blood and organ donor preferences, see the Blood and organ donation preferences below.