Summary Care Record and eDSM
Your patient record is held securely and confidentially on the electronic system at your GP practice. If you require treatment in another NHS healthcare setting such as an Emergency Department or Minor Injury Unit, those treating you would be better able to give you appropriate care if some of the information from the GP practice were available to them.
This information can now be shared electronically via: The Summary Care Record, used nationally across England
The information will be used only by authorised health care professionals directly involved in your care. Your permission will be asked before the information is accessed, unless the clinician is unable to ask you and there is a clinical reason for access.
If you would like to opt out, please ask reception for our opt out form.
A parent or guardian can request to opt out children under 16 but ultimately it is the GP’s decision whether to create the records or not, because of their duty of care to the child. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 and feel that they are able to understand, then you should make this information available to them.
Who Has Access?
Across all health care settings, including urgent care, community care and outpatient departments in England.
- Your current medications
- Any allergies you have
- Any bad reactions you have had to medicines
- Additional information (upon request to your GP)
For more information visit:
Summary Care Record with Additional Information (SCRAI)
With your consent the amount of information shared with other NHS providers on the secure NHS spine can include further useful information like major diagnoses, your care prefrences and current and past medication. We have to have your explicit consent to share this information, but this is a one-off consent unless you decide not to at a later date. Sensitive information is removed from this Summary Care Record facility in most cases at source. See here for more detail
Enhanced Data Sharing Model (eDSM)
As GP computer systems get more advanced and secure it has become possible to share your entire electronic medical record with another NHS provider. This would only be done with your express consent and the teams who look after you are carefully selected by our governing body, the CCG (Clinial Commissioning Group). We all have to abide by strict legally binding data protection laws. The advantage to you as a service user is that the information another team who might be looking after you (say, for example, a community diabetes team) would have access to any past medication you had tried and other information that would otherwise take time to obtain. This greatly enhances your care. If you would like your records to be available in this way, please let our reception team know. See here for more information