Some services require that information be shared with other healthcare agencies such as hospital trusts, primary care trusts, social services, community nurses etc (the list is not exhaustive).
Whilst it is vital for the proper care of individuals that those concerned with that care have ready access to the information they need, it is also important that service users and their carers can trust that personal information will be kept confidential and that their privacy is respected.
Although it is neither practicable nor necessary to seek an individual’s consent each time that information needs to be shared or passed on for a particular purpose, this is contingent on individuals having been fully informed of the uses to which information about them may be put. All agencies concerned with the care of the individual should satisfy themselves that this requirement is met.
Clarity about the purpose to which personal information is to be put is essential and only the minimum identifiable information necessary to satisfy that purpose should be made available.Access to personal information should be on a need to know basis.This practice has a protocol for such information sharing.
Summary Care Record
There is a new 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