You may already be aware of the government’s programme to create electronic Summary Care Records, which has now been up and running for some time in the majority of GP practices.
At first a Summary Care Record contains basic information from your GP record such as your date of birth and address, details of allergies, current prescriptions and bad reactions to medicines. Then, each time you use an NHS service, it is planned that more information is added to it.
There is no doubt that the creation of a Summary Care Record is particularly useful if you should need emergency care out of hours. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that clinical information isn’t shared with other healthcare providers already.
We held back on joining this scheme as recent losses of data and confidentiality breaches in other government departments have caused the Practice to have concerns about the security of the Summary Care Record. However, as this is now compulsory we are joining the scheme in June 2014.
For further information visit the Connecting for Health Website.
If you wish to ensure that your record is NEVER shared you can additionally choose to opt out of the scheme. Simply complete this opt-out form and bring it along to the Surgery.