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St Andrews Medical Practice

50 Oakleigh Road North, Whetstone, London, N20 9EX

Summary Care Record

 

The NHS in England is introducing Summary Care Records to improve the safety and quality of patient care. It will give healthcare staff faster, easier access to reliable information about you to help with your treatment.

 

Today, all the places where you receive care keep records about you. They can usually only share information from your records by letter, e-mail, fax or phone. At times, this can be slow and sometimes things get lost on the way.

 

Currently over 20 million records have been created across England. Having an SCR gives authorised healthcare staff a quicker way to get important information about you, in an emergency or out-of-hours.

 

Summary Care Records contain important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have had.  Giving healthcare staff access to this information can prevent mistakes being made when caring for you in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed.  You can choose whether or not to have a Summary Care Record.

 

Only healthcare staff involved in supporting or providing your care can see your Summary Care Record. These:

  • need to be directly involved in caring for you;
  • need to have an NHS Smartcard with a chip and passcode (like a bank card and PIN);
  • will only see the information they need to do their job; and
  • should have their details recorded.

Healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record. If they cannot ask you, for example if you are unconscious, they may look at your Summary Care Record without asking you. If they do this, they will make a note on your record to say why they have done so.

 

YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY HAVE A SUMMARY CARE RECORD UNLESS YOU CHOOSE TO OPT OUT.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE OPT OUT FORM WHICH MUST BE HANDED IN TO THE SURGERY.

 

PLEASE VISIT http://www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/ FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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