Data Sharing

Summary Care Record and My Care Record

Upon registering with the practice, you will automatically be opted ‘in’ to all the data sharing options unless you specifically opt ‘out’. This is a national policy and is in the interests of providing you with the best care.

Please read this document carefully and bring the completed form to reception either if you want to opt out of the core summary care record (SCR) or the local My Care Record or if you want to opt in to the 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 this 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. Again, you can do this here.

My Care Record
My Care Record relates to Local Data Sharing of your Full Medical Record (Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire / Berkshire only – eg for 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 (i.e. you are unconscious), which will then be logged.

National Data Opt out
Your health records contain a type of data called confidential patient information. This data can be used to help with research and planning.

For more information on how to opt out, go to Your NHS Data Matters or read this short patient information handout.

If you are happy with your confidential patient information being used for research and planning, you do not need to do anything. However, if you do want to opt out, you can do this here or by calling NHS Digital Contact Centre on 0300 303 5678, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).

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.  Please ask reception for an Online Access form in order to start taking advantage of these benefits.

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