Summary Care Record
The Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. It can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the your direct care.
Your Summary Care Record is a short summary of your GP medical records. It tells other health and care staff who care for you about the medicines you take and your allergies (and if you consent, to other aspects about your health). This means they can give you better care if you need health care to be given to you by someone other than our surgery. It can therefore be useful:
- in an emergency
- when you're on holiday
- when our surgery is closed
- at out-patient clinics
- when you visit a pharmacy
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. Access to SCR will ensure medical staff have accurate information about your medical history and needs - this could be useful in case you were to overlook something when talking to them, or weren't sure of details about part of your medical history.
On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and you may prefer that only members of our practice team have access to it. It has been agreed that all 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 want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.
If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.
Local data sharing scheme " My Care Record"
My Care Record allows health and care professionals working directly with you to access your medical and social care information.
Patient information and care records are usually made available through traditional methods such as secure post, fax or email. This can be slow and, at times, unreliable, and possibly prolong diagnosis and treatment.
My Care Record is accessed via secure but different health and care computer systems from different partner organisations. The information is requested from the original system and relayed to the health or care professional treating you.
By making your information available across the health and care system, your GP practice, hospital team or community nurse will be able to see the most up-to-date, accurate information about you.
This will lead to:
- Better co-ordinated and seamless care
- Quicker diagnosis and treatment
- More time to spend on clinical care
- Less paperwork and less repetition
- Fewer unnecessary clinical tests
- More accurate prescriptions
- Safe and secure decision-making
My Care Record will only be used by professionals involved in your care. The Government or external organisations such as insurance companies will not have access to your information via My Care Record.
My Care Record has been reviewed in line with legislation, including General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Full details on how My Care Record manage your information is available on their website www.mycarerecord.org.uk
Please visit www.mycarerecord.org.uk for more information including details of where My Care Record is in operation, the organisations taking part and answers to frequently asked questions.
You can opt out of this at any time. If you DO NOT want to be included in My Care Record, please fill out this form and present or send it to the surgery with proof of ID:
My Care Record - Objection to sharing
If you have previously objected but now wish to be included in My Care Record, please complete this form and bring it to the surgery with proof of ID:
My Care Record - Cancelling objection to sharing