There is a new Health Record for all patients in the NHS. GP Practices across Worcestershire are working with the NHS to create a centrally held Summary Care Record of recent medication, any allergies you may have and any adverse reactions to a medication you have had in the past, it is called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record will help emergency doctors and nurses when you contact them when the surgery is closed.
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 Summary Care Record it might avoid mistakes or problems, you will be asked to give your permission to view your SCR whenever a Healthcare Professional requires access, unless you are medically unable to do so.
On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and may not wish to allow NHS Healthcare Professionals access, in which case you can Opt-Out of having an SCR created for you. If you are a new patient joining the Practice you have have the option to opt-out of having an SCR and should fill in the A4 sheet explaining SCR in your Registration Pack.
All existing patients would have received a letter informing them about the creation of Summary Care Records and informed they could opt-out if they wished. All patients can opt-out of having an SCR at any time, just inform your GP Surgery.
For further information visit the Connecting for Health Website
If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.