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Connecting Care

The Connecting Care Local Record is a new way for staff who are directly involved in your care to share relevant information about your care in a way that is both controlled and consistent.

Your Connecting Care Record will only be available to authorised health and social care staff who are directly involved in your care.  They will only do so with legitimate reason, and if they can, they will ask your permission before they can look at it.

This record will only be used to support your care locally.  It will ensure that the people caring for you have enough information to treat you safely and to coordinate your care across services.

For further information: How we use your information

You may have heard that health information will now be more widely shared.  We still take our patients' confidentiality very seriously. 

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and read this leaflet and FAQ document to find out more: 

Data Leaflet Care Data FAQs

Summary Care Record

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it will contain just your medications and allergies.

Later on as the central NHS computer system develops, (known as the ‘Summary Care Record’ – SCR), other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it along with information from hospitals, out of hours services, and specialists letters that may be added as well.

Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases. 

As with all new systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems, although even then, you should be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.

On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. Connecting for Health (CfH), the government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this practice should be able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System.

For existing patients it is different in that it is assumed that you want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.

For further information visit the Connecting for Health Website

The information above outlines the different ways a Medical Record may be shared. Patients can choose op opt out out any or all of these initiatives:

Data Sharing Opt Out Form

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