This information has been made available to our patients in an endeavour to raise awareness of these initiatives. However, we regret that we are unable to offer any opinion or advice to patients.
Patients can choose to opt out of any or all of these initiatives. This form can be used for all of them: click here to download the form.
The Connecting Care Local Record is a new way for staff who are directly involved in your care to share relevant information about your care in a way that is both controlled and consistent.
Your Connecting Care Record will only be available to authorised health and social care staff who are directly involved in your care. They will only do so with legitimate reason, and if they can, they will ask your permission before they can look at it.
This record will only be used to support your care locally. It will ensure that the people caring for you have enough information to treat you safely and to coordinate your care across services.
For further information about this, and for information on how to opt out, please click here
Summary Care Record
There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it will contain just your medications and allergies.
Later on as the central NHS computer system develops, (known as the ‘Summary Care Record’ – SCR), other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it along with information from hospitals, out of hours services, and specialists letters that may be added as well.
Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases.
As with all new systems there are pros and cons 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 NHS Staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.
On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. Connecting for Health (CfH), the government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this 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 record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.
For further information visit the Connecting for Health 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. You can either use the form at the top of the page or this one: