The Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will shortly begin extracting clinical patient data from GP Practices that can be used by the NHS to improve services offered. This information along with your date of birth, postcode, NHS number and gender, but NOT your name, will be sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information. Patients have a choice to prevent confidential information about them being shared or used for any purpose other than providing their care, except in special circumstances. For further information please read the patient leaflet NHS England - How information about you helps us to provide better care and FAQs for patients. If you wish to opt out, please complete and sign the Care Data Opt-Out Form and hand it to reception.
May we also remind you that data is also extracted for the Summary Care Record, further information is available from their website nhscarerecords.nhs.uk. Please note that Care Data and the Summary Care Record are separate extractions. If you wish to opt out from the Summary Care Record please complete a separate SCR opt out form.
Important information about your detailed health records held at this service.
We use a secure computerised records system, which allows clinical staff treating you to share information in your record, ensuring the best care can be provided to you.
We are telling you about this, as you have a choice to make. You can choose to share or not to share your full electronic record with other NHS care services where you are treated and whether we can view records held by those other services. At any time in the future you can request that this is changed.
If you choose to make your record shareable, your clinical details will only be viewable by clinical teams who are treating you. Each clinical team which cares for you now or in the future will ask your permission to view your shared record. You can also ask for part of your record to be made private - not shareable. All record accesses are recorded and auditable.
If you choose not to make your records shareable, we will respect your wishes and will do our best to make your care safe and efficient. However, denying the clinical teams caring for you the ability to access important clinical details could compromise your care.
For further information, please ask at reception or visit the NHS Care Records website at www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk where you may download the NHS Care Record Guarantee.
Please let us know your sharing preferences at reception.