There is a new central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It 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.
Why do I need a Summary Care Record?
Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.
Who can see it?
Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
How do I know if I have one?
Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether you have a Summary Care Record by asking your GP.
Do I have to have one?
No, it is not compulsory.
Sharing Data HSCIC
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will be shortly asking for information regarding all our patients. The information will be used to allow the NHS to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another to see what has worked the best. The minimum amount of information will be used to help improve patient care and the services provided.
Patients have the right to prevent confidential information from being shared or used for any other purpose than providing their care, except in special circumstances. Please contact the practice if you would prefer your information not be shared.