Summary Care Records and YOU
In an emergency situation, it’s important that the doctors treating you have easy access to all the relevant information that will help them to treat you safely. At the moment, this can’t be guaranteed: For example, if you have never previously been treated by your local hospital and are admitted, urgently, at a weekend, the doctors treating you may not be able to find out about your medical history (including allergies, adverse reactions to drugs, or even the medication you’re taking) until your GP surgery is open again.
A Summary Care Record does away with this problem
It’s an electronic health record that’s held at a central location and contains the really important information that doctors are likely to need in an emergency situation, such as:
Whether you’re taking any prescription medication;
Whether you have any allergies;
Whether you’ve previously had a bad reaction to any medication.
A Summary Care Record can only be accessed by healthcare staff that are directly involved in your care. These:
· Need to have a smartcard (like a chip and pin card) controlled by a password.
· Need to be directly involved in caring for you
· Will only see the information they need to do their job; and
· Should have their details recorded
Healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record. If they cannot ask, for example, because you’re unconscious, they may look at your summary care record without asking you but must record this fact on your medical notes.
How do I get a Summary Care Record?
If you choose to have a Summary Care Record, you don’t need to do anything more. This will happen automatically.
Can I see the information on my Summary Care Record?
Once the Summary Care Record has been uploaded, we will be able to print a copy of it for you to keep. There may be a charge for this service.
What if I don’t want a Summary Care Record?
If you don’t want a Summary Care Record, you need to let us know, as soon as possible, by completing an opt out form.
Once this is received by the Practice, we’ll make sure your medical record is coded to show that you don’t wish information to be shared with relevant healthcare personnel by means of a Summary Care Record.
Parents who have children under the age of 16 years, and don’t wish them to have a Summary Care Record, will need to fill out an opt out form on their behalf.
Where can I get more information?
· From the Summary Care Record Information Line (Tel: 0300 123 3020)
· From the PALS office ( www.pals.nhs.uk ); or
· Visit www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk