Sharing Your Medical Record
Patient medical data is being shared more frequently amongst clinicians (for example, between GP surgeries and community nurses). Sharing this data helps clinicians access the most up-to-date information when caring for patients.
The systems we operate require that any sharing of medical information is consented to by patients beforehand.
Patients must consent to:
- their health data being shared out to other health providers
- other health providers accessing their medical data
Making an informed decision on how your data is shared allows you to control your personal medical data. For example, it may be necessary to share data held in GP practices with community nurses but the local podiatry department would not need to see this information to undertake their work. In this case, a patient could consent to the GP surgery sharing their data out to the community nurses, but not allow the local podiatry department to access their information. In this way, access to patient data is under patient's control and can be shared on a 'need to know' basis.
Sharing data for research and planning
You can choose if data from your health record is shared for research and planning. To find out more, click here.
Summary Care Record
A Summary Care Record (SCR) contains key information about your medication, allergies, and any adverse reactions to medicines you have previously had. Medical information about you won’t be routinely shared across different healthcare systems and you may need to be treated by health care professionals who do not know your medical history. Essential details about your healthcare can be difficult to remember, particularly in an emergency.
Having a SCR can help provide the healthcare professionals treating you with vital information from your medical record, allowing them to make safer decisions on how best to treat you. Authorised healthcare staff can only view your Summary Care Record with your permission. The information shared will solely be used for the benefit of your care.
To learn more, click here.