The NHS in England is introducing the Summary Care record, which will be used in emergency care.
The record currently contains information about any medication you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reaction to medication you may have had as well as any key information held in you GP records, to ensure that those caring for you have enough information to treat you safely. Your Summary Care Record will only be available to healthcare staff providing your care but they will ask your permission before they look at it. This means that if you have an accident or become ill anywhere in England, the doctors treating you will have immediate access to important information about your health.
As we as a practice support the Summary Care Record, you as a patient have a choice:
- If you would like a Summary Care Record - you do not need to do anything and a Summary Care Record will be created for you.
- If you do not want a Summary Care Record - you must fill in the opt out form in the registration pack (if you are already our patient these forms can be collected from reception). Please complete the form and hand it to a member of staff.
Children under 16 will automatically have a Summary Care record created for them unless their parent or guardian chooses to opt them out. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 and feel that they are old enough to understand, then you should make this information available to them
For more information you can talk to Healthwatch on 0808 8101384, visit the Summary Care Record website or telephone the NHS Summary Care Record Information Line on 0845 6038510
You can choose not to have a Summary Care record and you can change your mind at any time by informing reception.