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.

Information Source

GP record


  • 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)

 See here for more information but please note changes as of 18th March 2020 due to the Covid-19 coronavirus emergency. 

Our computer system allows your record to be shared with organisations involved in your direct care, such as:

GP practices, community services such as district nurses, rehabilitation services, telehealth and out of hospital services and primary care networks, child health services that undertake routine treatment or health screening, urgent care organisations, minor injury units or out of hours services, community hospitals, palliative care hospitals, care homes, mental health trust hospitals, social care organisations and pharmacies.

Your electronic health record contains lots of information about you. In most cases, particularly for patients with complex conditions and care arrangements, the shared record plays a vital role in delivering the best care and a coordinated response, taking into account all aspects of a person’s physical and mental health.

Many patients are understandably not able to provide a full account of their care or may not be in a position to do so. The shared record means patients do not have to repeat their medical history at every care setting.

Your record will be automatically setup to be shared with the organisations listed above; however you have the right to disable this function or restrict access to specific elements of your record. This will mean that the information recorded by your GP will not be visible at any other care setting.  

Please contact the surgery if you wish to dissent to sharing your record in this way.

You can also reinstate your consent at any time by giving your permission to override your previous dissent.