A new Central NHS Computer System is coming soon, called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record will 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 clinical staff who work in the NHS and are treating you will be able to access it, provided you give your permission each time. In the future the SCR could also contain information from hospitals, out of hours services, and specialists letters. These can only be added with the agreement of your practice.
Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on a secure central NHS system.
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 will be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record. If you are medically unable to give your consent then the clinician will make a judgement on your behalf, however access without your consent will raise an alert on the system.
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 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.
Existing patients will already have been contacted by letter and been given the opportunity to opt out.
Patients can opt out of the scheme at any time by informing their practice and completing a simple form.
For further information visit the Connecting for Health 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.