Summary Care Records
The Summary Care Record (SCR) is designed to help doctors and nurses to help you in an emergency situation when the surgery is closed. Initially, it contains information about your medications and allergies and any changes to this information is now uploaded daily to the SCR.
Later on as the central NHS computer system develops, other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access SCR to which may be added your medical information from hospitals, out of hours services and specialists letters.
Your information will be automatically extracted from practices such as ours and held on a central NHS Database.
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 consent each time a member of NHS staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.
Summary Care Record Opt Out
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 and a preference to sharing only your “core” summary care information instead of “Additional Information.”
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 complete a Summary Care Record opt out form.