The NHS in England is introducing the Summary Care Record, which will be used in emergency care.
The record will contain information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had to ensure those caring for you have enough information to treat you safely.
Your Summary Care Record will be available to authorised healthcare staff providing your care anywhere in England, but they will ask your permission before they look at it. This means that if you have an Accident or become ill, the doctors treating you will have immediate access to important information about your health.
Your GP practice is supporting Summary Care Records and as a patient you have a choice:
- Yes I would like a Summary Care Record – you do not need to do anything and a Summary Care Record will be created for you.
- No I do not want a Summary Care Record – complete an opt out form and hand it to a member of the GP practice staff. Click here to download the form.
For more information, visit the website www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk, telephone the dedicated NHS Summary Care Record Information Line on 0300 123 3020 or talk to your GP practice staff.
Additional copies of the opt out form can be collected from the GP practice, printed from the website www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk or requested from the dedicated NHS Summary Care Record Information Line on 0300 123 3020.
You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record and you can change your mind at any time by informing your GP practice.
If you do nothing we will assume that you are happy with these changes and create a Summary Care Record for you. Children under 16 will automatically have a Summary Care Record created for them unless their parent or guardian chooses to opt them out. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 and feel that they are old enough to understand, then you should make this information available to them.
NHS care.data programme - collecting information for the health of the nation
The care.data programme will bring together securely, health and social care information from different settings in order to see what’s working really well in the NHS and what could be done better. Using data in this way is known as data sharing for purposes beyond direct care, and the information will only be shared if it will benefit patient care.
Collecting and connecting information nationally will help the NHS to:
- better understand diseases, and develop drugs and treatments that can change lives
- understand patterns and trends in public health and disease to ensure better quality care is available to everyone
- plan services that make the best of limited NHS budgets for the health and wellbeing of everyone
- monitor the safety of drugs and treatments
- compare the quality of care provided in different areas of the country
GP practices in four parts of the country are helping to develop the care.data programme: Blackburn with Darwen, Somerset, West Hampshire and Leeds.
To opt out of the Care.Data records upload, please download the following form and return to the practice
Care Records and SCR Opt Out Form
For further details regarding the NHS Care.data programme can be obtained from the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) website or NHS.uk