Data Choices

Summary Care Record

The Summary Care Record (SCR) is designed to improve the level of care patients can receive, especially in an emergency situation. The SCR will enable NHS clinicians to access basic information regarding the patient's current medication and any allergies.   For example, if a patient was to be taken ill whilst on holiday in the UK, a Doctor would be able to view details of their current medication and any allergies, ensuring that suitable and appropriate treatment is administered. There is now also the option of having an enhanced summary care record. This will include the information above, as well as information on your illnesses and health problems, operations and vaccinations you have had in the past, how you would like to be treated (such as where you would prefer to receive care), what support you might need and who should be contacted for more information about you.

We cannot enable your enhanced SCR without your given consent, either verbally or by completing the 'consent for additional SCR' form below.

For more information:

Patient Information Leaflet

Consent for Additional SCR - to opt into the Enhanced SCR

Ask a receptionist at the surgery or visit;

All patients have the choice to ‘opt out’ of this system, ensuring that this information is not available anywhere else. Obviously, this would mean that healthcare professionals cannot share information about patient's medications and allergies should an emergency situation arise.

If you wish to opt out of the Basic Summary Card Record scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.

SCR Opt out Form - to opt out of the basic SCR

Enhanced Data Sharing Model (eDSM)

Sharing Out

Sharing out means that any information within your medical record (all consultations, results, medication etc.) will be available for other NHS organisations to see if you allow them to. This will make all information sharable.

You can always change your mind, but if you have chosen to share information with other NHS organisations and then decide against it, we cannot retrieve any information already shared.

If I choose to make my medical record shareable, I understand this means that ALL consultations recorded in my record will be available for other NHS services to view.

Sharing In

Sharing in means that Scott Road Medical Centre will be able to see all information added by other healthcare organisations. This will only happen if you have consented to share information out at the other organisation.

We have a set list of organisations who, once you give consent to share in/out, will be able to view your record. If an organisation is not in the list that we have created and you want them to view your record, you may be required to give them a verification code. When the organisation requests this access, you will be sent a code either via SMS, email or on your SystmOnline account. For more information in regards to this, please ask at Reception.

If you would like to share in/out or opt out of this, please complete the below form and return this to the surgery

Enhanced Data Sharing Modell

Your Data Matters to the NHS

Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.

How your data is used

Information about your individual care such as treatment and diagnoses is collected about you whenever you use health and care services. It is also used to help us and other organisations for research and planning such as research into new treatments, deciding where to put GP clinics and planning for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital.  It is only used in this way when there is a clear legal basis to use the information to help improve health and care for you, your family and future generations.

Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.

You have a choice

You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your information is used. If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online or through a telephone service. You can change your mind about your choice at any time.

Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment?

No, choosing to opt out will not affect how information is used to support your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.

What do you need to do?

If you are happy for your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you do not need to do anything.

To find out more about the benefits of data sharing, how data is protected, or to make/change your opt-out choice visit

Download a copy of the patient leaflet

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