There is a new 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 contained just your medications and allergies.
Information about you and the care you receive is shared in a secure system by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care. We, the HS, can use this ifnormation to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community servcie to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care received one area, against care received in another so we can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in the secure system so that your identity is protected. There are strict laws and rules regarding how your information is used and shared, which are in place to protect your privacy.
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, 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 Summary Care Record 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 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 HSCIC Website
If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.