Summary Care Record

There is a Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The SCR has been implemented to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it will contain just your medications and allergies.

Later on as the system develops, other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it along with information from hospitals, out-of-hours services, and specialists' letters that may be added as well.

Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases.

As with all progressive systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems, although even then you should be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.

On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. Connecting for Health (CfH), the government agency responsible for the SCR, have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this practice should be able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System.

For existing patients it is different: it is assumed that you are happy to have your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.

For further information visit the Connecting for Health Website.

If you wish to OPT OUT of the scheme, you will need to complete a form (which you can access by selecting the link below) and handing it in at the surgery.

Click here to download the OPT OUT form (.pdf)

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