Sharing Your Medical Record
Patient medical data is increasingly shared between healthcare providers and healthcare authorities to give clinicians and health commisioning bodies access to the most up-to-date patient information when attending to the individuals.
The systems we operate require patient consent prior to any sharing of medical information to third parties. Patients must consent to sharing data held by a health provider to other health providers, and must also consent which other providers can access their data.
For example, it may be necessary to share data held in GP practices with district nurses, but the local podiatry department would not need to see it to undertake their work. In this case, patients would allow the surgery to share their data, they would allow the district nurses to access it, but they would not allow access to the podiatry department. In this way, access to patient data is under patients' control and can be shared on a 'need to know' basis.
Summary Care Record
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, 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 may be added as well.
Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on secure central NHS databases.
It is assumed for existing patients that you want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.