Patient Record

Sharing Your Medical Record

Sharing patient medical data between health care services, such as GPs and District Nursing, enables clinicians access to the most up to date information.
 
The systems we operate require that any sharing of medical information is consented to by patients beforehand.
 
Patients must consent to sharing of the data held by a health provider out to other health providers. They must also consent to which of the other providers can access their data. e.g. it may be necessary to share data held in GP practices with district nurses but the local podiatry department would not need to see it to undertake their work. In this case, patients would allow the surgery to share their data, they would allow the district nurses to access it but they would not allow access by the podiatry department. In this way access to patient data is under patients' control and can be shared on a 'need to know' basis.

Emergency Care Summary

There is a Central NHS Computer System called the Emergency Care Summary (ECS). The Emergency Care Summary is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you, when you contact them when the surgery is closed. It will contain information on your medications and allergies.
 
Information extracted from practices is then held securely on central NHS databases.   
 
As with all systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important. If they have access to your medical records, it might avoid mistakes or problems. You should still be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record.
 
You may have strong views on sharing personal information and wish to keep it at the level of this practice.
 
If you don’t want an Emergency Care Summary to be made for you, tell your GP surgery. Don’t forget that if you do have an Emergency Care Summary, you will be asked if staff can look at it every time they need to. You don’t have to agree to this.