Sharing Your Medical Records

Your Record-Your Choice

With so many choices to make about sharing your information how can you be sure you are making the correct choices for you and your dependants?

This leaflet aims to explain the differences between the options available, ensuring you can make a considered, informed choice. We have also included the relevant consent/dissent forms, please read these carefully before recording your preference and returning them to Reception.

Choice 1 NHS Summary Care Record (SCR)

A Summary Care Record 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, no other medical information is held in the record. Having this information stored in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed. Only healthcare staff will have access to this record.

You have a fall and are unconscious, an ambulance is called to take you to hospital; there is nobody with you that knows your medical history. When you get to the hospital the Dr decides you need some medicine, how does he know if the one he is about to give you will cause an allergic reaction? If you have said YES to sharing your record the Dr will have instant access to this information and will be able to treat you accordingly. If you say NO this could delay treatment whilst this information is requested from your GP.

Choice 2 Enhanced Data Sharing Module (EDSM)

The clinical computer system used at Munro Medical Centre is SystmOne. It is a system that is used widely in this area and across England. This system gives us a facility (EDSM) to share your health record with other health providers involved in your care.

Your health record includes your medical history, details about your medication and any allergies you may have. You can now choose whether to share these full medical details with other health provider units (for example District nurses).

Many organisations may use SystmOne including some GP practices, out of hours services, children's services, community services and some hospitals. Sharing your health record will help us deliver the best level of care for you.

You have two choices which allow you to control how your record is shared. You can change these choices at any time by completing a consent form.

You have two choices which allow you to control how your record is shared. You can change these choices at any time by completing a consent form.

Sharing OUT
This controls whether your information recorded at this practice can be shared with other health care providers.

Sharing IN
This determines whether or not this practice can view information in your record that has been entered by other services who are providing care for you or who may provide care for you in the future.

Imagine you are receiving care from three services, your GP, a district nurse and a smoking clinic. You want your GP and district nurse to share information with each other and you want both of them to know your progress at the smoking clinic. However, you don't want the smoking clinic to see any of your other medical information.
Your sharing choices at each place would be:

Please download the consent form HERE and return the completed form below to the surgery so that we can update your records.

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