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Sharing of Records

Enhanced Sharing

The surgery uses a computer system called SystmOne that allows the sharing of full electronic records across different NHS healthcare services. Clinicians at other organisations that care for you (e.g. out of hours and physiotherapy) and use SystmOne will be able to see the information recorded here. For example, a district nurse that visits you would be able to see the data entered by your GP. You will be offered the option of sharing or not sharing your records at the appropriate consultation and we will record your choice accordingley. You can always alter your decision at a later date if you change your mind. 



Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, there are important changes which will allow the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to collect and share confidential information from medical records. These reforms will impact upon the way that clinical data are collected, shared and analysed. Your records are already used by healthcare staff to provide your care (the Summary Care Record). You also need to know how your information can be used to improve the way the NHS delivers care to all patients.

If you are happy for your information to be used to improve health services then you do not need to do anything. However, it is important that you know this is happening and what to do if you have any questions or concerns.

The information from your medical records will happen by default unless you register your objection (please see the Care Data Opt Out form below). This will be noted in your records and will prevent your confidential information being used other than where there are exceptional circumstances or where the law allows your information to be shared.

Please take time to read the information leaflets below as you need to make a choice. Please contact the surgery if you have any queries.

 Summary Care Records (your emergency care summary)

A Summary Care Record 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.

Having this information stored in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

In an emergency, or when it is urgent, it's important the doctors caring for you know about you and any important medical conditions you may have, or medicines that you are taking. 

Sometimes, if you are unconcious or having difficulty speaking, doctors may not be aware of important information about you. This includes the medicines you are taking, if you have any allergies and if you have ever had a bad reaction to something. 

This information could make the difference to how a doctor cares for you, for example which medicines they choose to precribe for you. 

This means they provide you with safer care during an emergency or when its urgent. Summary Care Records are also useful if you need care when your GP practice is closed or you are away from home in another part of England.

If you choose to opt out of the scheme you will need to complete the SCROptOutForm.pdf and bring it along to the surgery.  


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