The Summary Care Record is a copy of key information held in your GP record (ie medications and allergies). It provides authorised healthcare staff with faster, secure access to essential information about you - when you need unplanned care or when your GP practice is closed. The availability of Summary Care Records will improve the safety and quality of your care. If you have Systmonline access you can check your Summary Care Record for yourself.
As a patient you have a choice:
• You can choose to have a Summary Care Record: You do not need to do anything. This will happen automatically.
• You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record: You need to let your GP practice know by filling in and returning an opt-out form (download an opt out form.....).
Who can see my Summary Care Record?
Only healthcare staff involved in supporting or providing your care can see your Summary Care Record. These:
- need to be directly involved in caring for you;
- need to have an NHS Smartcard with a chip and passcode (like a bank card and PIN);
- will only see the information they need to do their job; and should have their details recorded.
- Healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record. If they cannot ask you, for example if you are unconscious, they may look at your Summary Care Record without asking you. If they do this, they will make a note on your record to say why they have done so.
What are my choices with Summary Care Records?
You can choose to have a Summary Care Record. You do not need to do anything. This will happen automatically.
You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record. If you don't want a Summary Care Record, you need to let your GP practice know by filling in and returning an opt out form. Where can I find out more about Summary Care Records?
There is a dedicated website with all the information at www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk. The website also has a leaflet which can be downloaded (download leaflet).
The Health and Social Care Information Centre
Personal information Information about you is used in a number of ways by the NHS and social care services to support your personal care and to improve health and social care services for everyone. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is the national NHS organisation with a legal responsibility to collect data as people make use of NHS and social care services. The data is used both at a local level and nationally to help with planning, managing your care, supporting research into new treatments, identifying trends and issues and so forth, and is used to try to make services better for all.
You can, however, choose not to have information about you shared or used for any purpose beyond providing your own treatment or care. Your right to opt out You can choose not to have anything that could identify you shared beyond your GP practice. You can also choose for the HSCIC not to share information it collects from all health providers any further. If you have previously told your GP practice that you don't want the HSCIC to share your personal confidential information for purposes other than your own care and treatment,
Simply contact your GP either to register an opt-out or end an opt-out you have already registered and they will update your medical record. Your GP practice (opt-out form) will also be able to confirm whether or not you have registered an opt-out in the past. You can find more information about how the HSCIC handles your information and choices and how it manages your opt-out on the HSCIC website www.hscic.gov.uk/yourinfo.