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Summary Care Record

summary care recordThere 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.   

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 your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.

On the other hand, 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.

At Boultham Park Medical Practice, like most practices, we believe the introduction of the SCR is, on balance, a positive move. However, we are also pleased to confirm that all our patients will receive a letter prior to any change which will include a pre-paid opt out form. If you prefer not to wait for the letter, by all means complete the opt out form noted below and return to us. We will then ensure your preference is recorded. As matters stand (3/11/11), patients nationally are opting out at a rate of 1.2%. If you choose not to have a Summary Care Record and you change your mind you can do so by informing the practice. If you require more information you can telephone the dedicated NHS Summary Care Record Information line on 0300 123 3020 or visit the website at www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk where you can find information in other formats and languages.

For further information visit the Connecting for Health Website

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