Sometimes it is necessary to share patient information with other health professionals involved in your care.
The systems we operate require that any sharing of medical information is consented to by patients beforehand. Patients must consent to the sharing of data held by a health provider with other health providers and must also give consent for other providers accessing their data.
Access to patient data is under patients control and can be shared on a 'need to know' basis.
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.
If a healthcare professional needs to access this information you should be asked to give your consent each time, unless you are medically unable to do so.
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 consent is assumed unless you actively opt out of the Central NHS Computer System