Summary Care Record

SUMMARY CARE RECORD

There is a new Central NHS Computer system called Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them if the surgery is closed. Initially it will contain just your medications and allergies.

Later on as the central NHS computer system develops other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it along with information from the hospitals, out of hour’s service, and specialist’s letters that may be added as well.

Your information will be extracted from practices and held on central NHS databases.

As with all new systems there are things to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems, although even then, you should be asked to give your consent each time a member of the NHS staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.

You may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at practice level. Connecting for Health (CfH) which is a government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with the practice should be able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer system.

For existing patients it is different in that it is assumed that you want your records uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.

For further information visit the NSCIC Website.

If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.

Download the Opt Out Form here.