Patient information for use in NHS

Summary Care Record

There is a Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant 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 central NHS computer system develops, (known as the ‘Summary Care Record’ – SCR), other staff who workin 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 new 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, unlessyou 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 Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this practice should be able to decide whether or not theirinformation is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System.

For existing patients it is different in that it is assumed that you want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.

For further information visit the Connecting for Health Website

Our recommendation is that your remain within the scheme. However, if you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.

Download the opt out form

There are plans to collect a wider variety of patient information to help with research under the title of This would be in a format that is not identifiable to patients. Patients would have the right to opt out of this process.

These plans for are currently being delayed in the light of objections from people worriedabout the security of their data. We will update the information on the website.

It is important that if you request to opt out of you do not also opt out of summary care record (unless you want to).


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