Summary Care Records

NHS Summary Care Record - You need to make a choice

Today records are kept in all the places where you receive care.  These places can usually only share information from your records by letter, email, fax or phone.  At times, this can slow down treatment and sometimes information can be hard to access.

The Government is introducing the Summary Care Record with the intention to improve the safety and quality of patient care.  Because the Summary Care Record is an electronic record it will give healthcare staff faster, easier access to essential information about you, to help provide you with safe treatment when you need care in an emergency or when the practice is closed.

The Government is assuming your implicit consent for your details to be added, you need to 'opt out' if you disagree to have a Summary Care Record.

You can choose to have a Summary Care Record: 

You do not need to do anything.  This will happen automatically.  Healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they look at your SCR.

You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record:

If you don't want a SCR, you need to let us know by filling in and returning an opt-out form.  Please click on this link for an opt-out form or collect a copy from our Reception Desk.  SCR Opt-Out Form

A booklet is also available at the Surgery giving full information about the NHS Summary Care Record, alternatively please click on this link to download the booklet.  SCR Information Booklet

Further information is available on our Summary Care Records page.

Information by critics of data sharing can be found here:


Full Electronic Record (eDSM)

Our practice uses a secure electronic health records system called SystmOne. With your permission, this system can allow us to share your full health record held here with other healthcare services which provide care for you. These other services will also ask your permission to view your record.

Many organisations locally use (or are planning to use) SystmOne. This includes many GP practices, clinics, community services and hospitals. Sharing your health record will help us all to deliver the best level of care for you, because, wherever you go, the doctors and nurses will be able to see what has already happened to you, the medicines you are on and what you are allergic to. It’s a much safer way to carry out healthcare.

When you ‘share your record’ you actually share the notes we have made about you into a central ‘pool’ of information about yourself.

Sharing OUT - this controls whether your information recorded at a practice or clinic can be shared out into your ‘pool’ (but no-one else can see it yet.)

Sharing IN - this controls whether or not other specific healthcare staff caring for you — say, at a clinic — can view the information in your ‘pool’ and thus see important medical information about you.

We think that this is a way for you to control some of the information that is shared between healthcare workers. You only share what you are comfortable with, and you are totally in control of who is allowed to view the information in your pool.

(Two important notes: You can also request individual entries in your record to be marked as 'Private'. These are never put into your ‘pool’ even if you choose to share out.

Also, sharing under this system is entirely separate from sharing your information via the Summary Care Record, or via, which has been in the news recently. Our system only shares information with specific healthcare providers that you nominate, and we are very happy with this.)                                                                *

We hope you will make use of the option to share in and share out. We think it will make life safer for you, minimise delays — for example, in finding out the results of tests — and make it easier for us to deliver high-quality care to you safely and effectively. (And whatever choices you make, you can change them whenever you want. You can always say ‘No’ — at any time you wish.)

We would like you to choose to share your medical information both out and in, for maximum benefit to you.

We need to register you choice:

Please print, complete and send us your consent form below or hand it in at your next appointment.

Electronic Record (eDSM) Consent Form




Please also read the the additional information on


Care.Data – Shares your information with the Department of Health Information Centre (HSCIC)

The Care.Data programme has been commissioned by NHS England on behalf of the NHS, Public Health and Social Care Services.  Unless you specifically opt out it allows the Department of Health Information Centre (HSCIC) to extract information from your records for the use in monitoring the quality of hospital care, for planning NHS Services, and for conducting research into new treatments.

Who would have access to my information? -  The Department of Health Information Centre (HSCIC). Once anonymised it can, on occasions, be made available to approved researchers, as well as private companies, if this is allowed by law and meets the rules that are in place to protect your privacy.

What is the benefit of sharing my information?  – Sharing information about the care you have received helps us understand the health needs of everyone and the quality of the treatment and care provided.  It also helps researchers by supporting studies that identify patterns in diseases, responses to different treatments, and the effectiveness of different services. Insurance companies could build up a database of future customers in preparation of a privatised health system.

You can choose whether or not to share your information:   If you choose to share your information, you do not need to do anything.  This will happen automatically. 

If you choose not to share your information:  If you choose not to share your information, you need to let us know.  Please speak to a member of our Reception team to register that you DO NOT wish to share your information for Care.Data purposes, alternatively please print and complete the Dissent Form and hand it in to reception at the surgery.

For further information on the Care.Data Programme please visit the NHS Choices website at: or Call the dedicated patient information line on: 0300 456 3531