There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The SCR is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it contains just your medications and allergies.
Later on, as the central NHS computer system develops, other staff who work in the NHS may be able to access the SCR and it may be extended to include other information from GP records, hospitals, out of hours services, and specialists' letters. Access to your SCR will be strictly controlled.
Your information is 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.
For the initial upload (medications and allergies only) for existing patients it was assumed that you consented to your record being uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opted out. New patients will be given an opportunirty to opt out when they join the practice.
In the future, when the SCR is extended to include other information, Connecting for Health (CfH), the government agency responsible for the SCR, have agreed with doctors' leaders that you will be able to decide whether or not this additional information is uploaded to your SCR
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.