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.
New local data sharing scheme " My Care Record"
From 1/9/18, a new local data sharing scheme was rolled out across Hertfordshire, "My Care Record". This allows other local healthcare professionals to access key bits of your medical information eg key medical problems, medications, allergies, investigation results etc. This initially started in Watford A&E and Herts Urgent Care centre but is being rolled out across other local services (eg diabetes clinics, physios, district nurses) soon. The aim of such data sharing exercises is to allow the health and care professionals looking after you access to relevant information that will help them make informed decisions about your treatment.
You can opt out of this at any time. Please click here if you want to opt out, and drop the form at the surgery.
My Care Record Opt out
Fair Processing Policy My Care Record