Your Summary Care Record - Statement of Intent
It is important that your medical record is available when and where you need it.
You may feel, especially if you have an extensive medical history, that it is very important for some of your medical information to be available to those who are treating you when you are away from the practice area and have been taken ill requiring emergency or hospital treatment. They would be able to access information about the medication you are taking and any drugs you have a recorded allergy or sensitivity to.
If you would like to share your Summary Care Record please complete the following form and return it to the surgery.
SCR Consent Form
Please see below more detailed information about the sharing methods.
Summary Care Record
Approximately 98% of patients in England have a Summary Care Record already. The basic record is a list of what medication you are on and what you are allergic to. This is held centrally by the NHS and can only be accessed by authorised healthcare staff. All access to this is recorded in a log that cannot be altered.
An option you now have is to add 'Additional Information' to your SCR. this makes the SCR a much more useful source of information for departments like Accident & Emergency or the Ambulance service if they need to treat you in an emergency.
The information that will be included if you choose to add this is:
- Significant medical history (past and present)
- Reasons for medication
- Anticipatory care information (such as information about the management of long term conditions)
- Communication preferences
- End of life care information
If there are any particular items that you would like to be either included or excluded the surgery can mark these items for you in your health record.
Full Health Record Sharing
Another option you have for sharing your health record is 'Full Health Record Sharing'. If you ask the surgery to enable this we will make your full health record available to other providers who are caring for you, if their computer systems support this. It is important to note that this is not something people can just look at, they need to be actively caring for you and have your permission to view the record. The only exception to the 'permission to view' is if you are unable to give consent for some reason, such as being unconscious, and a member of staff deems it medically necessary to access your record. In this case, they can perform an override to access your notes, but they must state the reason why they are doing so. When this happens an alert is also generated for the appropriate information controller (Caldicott Guardian) to check that the access was appropriate.
Agreeing to this will also allow your GP to view notes that are recorded about you when you are seen elsewhere. This will only happen if the other service you see also uses a compatible computer system.
If you would like to share either some or your full health record please do complete and sign the SCR consent form and provide to the surgery.
SCR Consent Form
Of course if you do not want your medical records to be available in this way then you will need to let us know so that we can update your record.
If you wish to opt out of the Summary Care Record please complete the form below and return it to the surgery.
Summary Care Opt Out Form
Your medical records when leaving the practice.
It is very important that you are registered with a doctor near to where you live. We encourage patients to do this as soon as possible if they move out of the practice area. Once you have re registered with a new GP, your medical records will be forwarded on to them via NHS England.