The summary care record is a new central NHS computer system that will be with us soon. The summary care record will enable emergency doctors and nurses to help you if you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially it will contain just your medication and any allergies.
Later on, as the system develops other staff who work within the NHS will be able to access it along with information from hospitals and out of hours services.
Your information will be extracted and held on secure NHS databases.
When you are in an emergency situation you may overlook or be unable to inform medical staff about something that could affect your treatment.Unless you are medically unable to do so, you will be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS staff wishes to access your record.
However if you have strong views about sharing your information and wish to keep it at the level of this practice you can sign an opt out form and your records will be tagged accordingly.
At Little Venice Medical Centre all patients registering with the practice are able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded onto the central NHS computer system. This is in accordance with the agreement between Connecting for Health (CFH), the government agency responsible for the the summary care record, and doctors.
For existing patients it is different. It is assumed that you want your record uploaded to the central NHS computer system unless you actively opt out.
For further information go to the connecting for health website.
If you choose to opt out please complete a form and bring it to the surgery or ask for a form at reception.