The way your information is shared with anyone other than your GP is strictly controlled and monitored. At the moment there are three possible occasions where information about you may be looked at by other healthcare practitioners working for the NHS.
NB: If at any time you wish to withdraw your consent from any of these, then please ask at reception and a form will be provided for you to choose how you want your information to be shared.
1 ) NEW DEVON SHARED RECORD
A new linked, electronic medical records system, allowing other healthcare professional to quickly access specific information about your medical needs is now in operation in Devon. This is being used instead of each medical person holding separate records about each person and information needing to be duplicated at each appointment. This is called a SHARED RECORD and came into operation on 1st February 2016. For full information, to read, download or print off please press:
NEW DEVON SHARED RECORD
2) SUMMARY CARE RECORD
There is also a Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.
Why do I need a Summary Care Record?
Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.
Who can see it?
Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
How do I know if I have one?
Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP
Do I have to have one?
No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.
For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website
Summary Care Record Update
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.
This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.
This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or ask at reception for a copy of the leaflet “How information about you helps us to provide better care”.
More information can be found here