Later in 2014, NHS England will be extracting personally identifiable data from our computer system, (under the Health & Social Care Act 2012), to help plan care and services. The data is encrypted, controlled by law and strict laws are in place to protect your privacy.
If you have any concerns, please download the Information leaflet or collect one from reception or go to http://www.nhs.uk/caredata for FAQ’s. You are allowed to opt out – please ask at reception for a form or download Opt out form here, or for children Please see Care Data under Further Information on right hand side of the screen for further information.
SUMMARY CARE RECORD
The NHS is creating a Summary Care Record for you, which can be used by NHS clinicians treating you, in emergency and in out-of-hours care situations. The Summary Care Record will hold basic health information about you and only staff involved in your care will be permitted to access that information, controlled by strict security measures. You will also be able to access your Summary Care Record via registration with a secure website called Healthspace.
In practice this means that, for example, if you are away from home in England and need medical attention, or you are taken to the Emergency Department of your local hospital, a healthcare professional will be able to view your Summary Care Record, subject to your permission at the point of care, unless you are unable to communicate your wishes at the point of care.
The type of information that could be included in your Summary Care Record
Details of allergies, recent prescriptions and previous bad reactions to medicines will be in your Summary Care Record, along with important information on any problems or long-term conditions you may have, including:
- significant illnesses and health problems from the past, such as a heart attack;
- illnesses that you take regular medication for, such as asthma or diabetes.
Further types of information that may be added in the future are:
- important test results and immunisations;
- information you might have given your GP about how you want to be treated in an emergency, such as not wanting a blood transfusion.
More details about the Summary Care Record can also be found by visiting http://www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/.