Summary Care Record
There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is available 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 system develops, other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it and further key information may be included with your consent.
Your medications, and any known allergies/adverse reactions 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. If you are travelling in the UK health care staff that are authorised to see the information from the central NHS database can view your record but if you are going abroad it may help to have a copy of your Summary Care Record so that is it clear what medication and dosage you are taking in case of an emergency. 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. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was set up in April 2013 as the government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record and 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.
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 opt out.
For further information visit the SCR patient website : http://www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/ or the HSCIC website http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/scr
If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery where your choice will be added to your patient record.
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