You do not have to consent to share your information with health care professionals outside of the practice (e.g. hospitals, community services).
Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
There are strict rules and regulations to ensure that your medical records are kept confidential and can only be accessed by health professionals directly involved in your care. For more information, please click here: Your Medical Records Leaflet
Summary Care Records (SCR)
This is core summary information about patients which is held on the NHS spine, unless patients decide to opt out. The information contained in a SCR is limited to medication, allergies and adverse reactions. This information can be viewed by organisations with specially authorised computer access. Patients will be asked for their consent to view their SCR, e.g. if you need to see a GP whilst visiting friends/family out of area, your temporary GP will be able to view the SCR with your permission. For further information, please click on this link: eDSM Patient Guide - Sharing your Medical Records
Should you wish to opt out of SCR, please complete an opt out form and return this to the surgery. Our staff will then code your records so that SCR information is not uploaded from your medical records: SCR Opt Out Form
Enhanced Data Sharing Model (eDSM)
eDSM is applicable to health care providers (including GP surgeries, hospitals, community services) that use the same clinical system as us. This is called SystmOne. It allows access to full medical records ONLY once permission is sought from the patient by each organisation. For example, if you consent to 'share out' this will make your record available to be viewed by other SystmOne health care providers. If you consent to 'share in', this will allow your GP to view clinical entries made by other SystmOne users, e.g. your physio, district nurses.
It is the patient's choice as to who sees their medical records and you will be asked whether you consent to 'share' your records by each different healthcare organisation or provider. If a patient changes their mind about sharing their information, they can make their healthcare professional aware of this at any time during their consultation.
Data Collection on Fit Notes
The Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will shortly begin to collect anonymous data from all GP surgeries relating to patients who have been issued with a Fit Note (previously sick note or Med 3). The data is being collected on behalf of the Dept of Work & Pensions to undertake research analysis and help inform policy relating to employment and sickness absence. It will also help identify geographical differences so that local providers can respond to specific needs in their area. Please be assured that it is not possible to identify individual patients from the data that is being extracted.