Summary Care Records
Summary Care Records contain details of your key health information – medications, allergies and adverse reactions. They are accessible to authorised healthcare staff in A&E Departments throughout England and can support better, safer prescribing of medication for patients by providing up-to-date information on your allergies, previous adverse reactions and medications. Patient care can be supported by healthcare staff having faster access to their medical information and patients may not be required to repeat information to different NHS staff treating them. You will be asked for your permission before anyone looks at your Summary Care Record except in the case of an emergency where you can’t give permission, e.g., if you are unconscious. If they do this, they will make a permanent note on their computer system to say why they have done so.
You can choose to have a Summary Care Record. If you would like one, you don’t need to do anything. It will happen automatically. If you don’t want a Summary Care Record, please print off a Summary Care Record opt out form fill it in and hand it in at reception. Alternatively, you can scan it and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information go to http://www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/
Medical Record Sharing
Your medical record contains important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have had. It also contains your complete medical history. Your records at the practice are held on a clinical system called SystmOne that allows the sharing of electronic records across different healthcare settings. Sharing your medical record allows authorised NHS professionals involved in your care, e.g. District Nurses, to view your GP record.
Healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they need to look at your Local eHealth Record. If they cannot ask you, for example if you are unconscious, they may look at your Local eHealth Record without asking you. If they do this, they will make a permanent note on their computer system to say why they have done so.
You can choose not to share your medical record. If you do not want to share your medical record then you can tick the relevant box on our New Patient Questionnaire when you join our practice or for existing patients please write a letter stating this and hand it in at reception. Alternatively, you can email us at email@example.com. Please note we will only except emails from from verified email addresses.
How is this different from the Summary Care Record?
The Summary Care Record is a national database which holds information regarding your medications, allergies and adverse reactions. Clinicians across England involved in emergency or unscheduled care have access to this. The Local eHealth Record is a locally shared record, allowing clinicians who are involved in your care at a local level to see a shared record rather than a national scheme. It also contains more information about your medical history.
Care.Data Extraction Programme
The governments care.data NHS information sharing scheme has been closed.