Policies & Information Leaflets
Connecting Your Care
Choosing which organisations can view your record
Data Sharing For Research
If you do not mind your data being used for research purposes, you do not need to do anything else. To opt-out, visit the 'Your NHS Data Matters' website - www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters - where you can find out more about data sharing and set a national data opt-out.
Summary Care Records
There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.
Why do I need a Summary Care Record?
Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.
Who can see it?
Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
How do I know if I have one?
Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP
Do I have to have one?
No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.
You can now choose to include more information in your summary care record (SCR) such as significant medical history, immunisations, patient preferences and particular care needs. Your GP may recognise that having additional information in your SCR will be of benefit to you & may suggest this change. Read more.
For further information visit www.hscic.gov.uk/uk/scr/patients or visit the NHS Care records website
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