Summary Care Record and My Care Record
Overview of sharing options – Please read carefully and then complete the consent form, if required. You will automatically be opted ‘IN’ to all the data sharing options unless you want to be opted ‘OUT’. You need to complete the form either if you want to opt out of core summary care record or the local My Care Record or if you want to opt in to additional SCR data.
Summary Care Record (SCR) – National Data Sharing
The NHS in England is using a national electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR) to support patient care. There are two elements; Core SCR and additional SCR.
- Core Summary Care Record is a copy of key information from your GP record – Medications and Allergies only. It provides authorised healthcare staff nationally with faster, secure access to essential information about you when you need unplanned care or when your GP practice is closed. You are automatically opted in to share this data unless you choose to opt-out by completing the opt out form. Summary Care Records improve the safety and quality of your care.
- Additional Data for Summary Care Record. There has been a recent development that means that patients can choose to have additional data uploaded and viewed as part of their Summary Care Record. Approved healthcare staff will be able to see additional key data, such as significant medical history, care plans, patient wishes or preferences as part of your Summary Care Record. This will not be available unless you specifically opt-in to this additional service.
My Care Record – Local Data Sharing of Full Medical Record (Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire / Berkshire only – eg attendance at A&E / Out of Hours locally)
Your patient record is held securely and confidentially on the electronic system at your GP practice. If you require attention from a local health and social care professional such as an Emergency Department, Minor Injury Unit, social worker, or Out Of Hours Service, those treating you would be better able to give you appropriate care if some of the information from the GP practice was available to them. This information can now be shared electronically via My Care Record.
In all cases, the information will be used only by authorised local health and social care professionals involved in your direct care. Your permission will be asked before the information is accessed when you attend one of these Departments, unless the health and social care user is unable to ask you and there is a clinical reason for access (ie you are unconscious), which will then be logged.
Access to Medical Records
If you wish to, you can now use the internet to book appointments with a GP, request repeat prescriptions for any medications you take regularly and look at your medical record online. You can also still use the telephone or call in to the surgery for any of these services as well. It’s your choice.