Digital Services, Data & Consent
Summary Care Record
There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It 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.
Why do I need a Summary Care Record?
Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.
Who can see it?
Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
How do I know if I have one?
Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP
Do I have to have one?
No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.
For further information visit the NHS Care records website
Your Data Matters to the NHS
Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.
How your data is used
Information about your individual care such as treatment and diagnoses is collected about you whenever you use health and care services. It is also used to help us and other organisations for research and planning such as research into new treatments, deciding where to put GP clinics and planning for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital. It is only used in this way when there is a clear legal basis to use the information to help improve health and care for you, your family and future generations.
Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.
You have a choice
You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your information is used. If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online or through a telephone service. You can change your mind about your choice at any time.
Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment?
No, choosing to opt out will not affect how information is used to support your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.
What do you need to do?
If you are happy for your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you do not need to do anything.
However, you still have the option to decline data sharing that goes beyond the provision of your direct care.
Please copy the links below for further information and to submit for decision if you choose to OPT OUT:
Electronic Prescription Services
The practice uses electronic prescription services to provide regular medication online at a time convenient to the patient needs without having to visit the practice to make a prescription request or collect the prescription.
To use this service the patient must have a current nomination to their preferred pharmacy.
SMS I Plato
The practice uses the CCG commissioned service I-Plato to provide additional services covering campaign messages and friends and family test data collection.
This SMS appointment reminder service is used for reminding patients of their forthcoming appointments at a pre-determined time before their appointment. If the appointment is no longer needed the patient can text back Cancel which will directly interface within the practice clinical system and free the appointment for rebooking. To receive this service, please ensure that you provide the practice with your updated mobile number. Messages can only be sent to patients with a mobile number registered with the practice.
This feature has helped to reduce the number of DNA’s and helped increase patient access
It is very important that when you register with the practice, you need to let us know about the details of your previous GP. When you register with a new GP your medical records will be removed from your previous doctor and forwarded onto your new GP. GP2GP allows patients' electronic health records to be transferred digitally, securely, and quickly between their old and new practices. This improves patient safety by making full and detailed medical records immediately available to clinicians to provide good healthcare.
In keeping with National requirements ,the practice uses NHS Number as the primary identifier in all NHS clinical correspondence issued by the practice.
Consent to Contact
You can now register to receive information by text message on your phone regarding appointments and health care.
If you wish to register for this messaging service please fill out the consent form.