The NHS is changing the way it uses patients’ medical records. Summary Care Records were introduced across Kirklees and the rest of England and change the way important medical information is shared with healthcare professionals in the NHS.
NHS Kirklees wrote to everyone living across the district to tell them about the changes. This means that all kirklees residents who are 16 and over or approaching their sixteenth birthday, and are registered with a GP practice in Kirklees, received information about the Summary Care Records and what it means for them.
Your Summary Care Records (sometimes also known as Emergency Care Record) contains important information about your health, such as details of any allergies, your current prescriptions and whether you have had any bad reactions to medicines. Your Summary Care Record is part of your Electronic Patient Record (EPR) and is a summary of the information in your electronic record
The availability of the Summary Care Record means that medical professionals can quickly access essential health information about you in the event of urgent or unscheduled care.
Summary Care Records will only be accessible to NHS staff directly involved in patient treatment. Patients have the option to not to be involved in the scheme, in which case healthcare staff will continue to access and record medical details as before.
Care professionals in England use an electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR). This can provide those involved in your care with faster secure access to key information from your GP record.
You can now choose to have your Summary Care Record ‘Enhanced’ with ‘Additional Information’
What is additional information?
Additional information can be added to your SCR by your GP practice and is a summary of information about your medical history. It can include the following:
Your long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart problems or rare medical conditions.
Your relevant medical history – clinical procedures that you have had, why you need a particular medicine, the care you are currently receiving and clinical advice to support your future care.
Your healthcare needs and personal preferences – you may have particular communication needs, a long term condition that needs to be managed in a particular way, or you may have made legal decisions or have preferences about your care that you would like to be known.
Immunisations – details of previous vaccinations, such as tetanus and routine childhood jabs.
How will additional information help me?
Essential details about your healthcare can be very difficult to remember, particularly when you are unwell. Having additional information in your SCR means that when you need healthcare, you will be helped to recall this vital information.
There are already clear benefits for your care from having medication, allergy and adverse reaction information available through your SCR. If you choose to add additional information, this can further increase the quality of your care. Additional information can also empower you if you need some help to communicate your complex care needs.
Adding more information to your Summary Care Record –Please note: specific sensitive information such as any fertility treatments, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy terminations or gender reassignment will not be included, unless you specifically ask for any of these items to be included.
For more information talk Lynne Bolton, Justin Wood, Rachael Atkinson or your GP at the practice or visit www.hscic.gov.uk/patients
You can also phone the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) on 0300 303 5678
How do I include additional information in my SCR?
Your GP practice may recognise that having additional information in your SCR will be of benefit to you and may suggest this change. Alternatively, you can discuss your wishes with your GP practice and agree that information should be added to your SCR.
Additional information will only be included in your SCR after discussion between you and your GP practice, and only if you give your permission.
Once you have chosen to add additional information to your SCR, your GP practice will continue to do this and keep it up to date. Remember that you can change your mind at any time by simply informing your GP practice.
Children and the SCR
If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 and feel that they are old enough to understand, then you should make the information in this leaflet available to them and support them to come to a decision as to whether to supplement their SCR with additional information.
If your child cannot understand and you believe that they may benefit from additional information in their SCR, then you can discuss this with your GP practice.
Vulnerable patients and carers
Certain vulnerable patient groups such as those with dementia or with detailed and complex health problems can particularly benefit from additional information in their SCR. If you are a carer for another person and believe that they may benefit from additional information in their SCR, then you can discuss this with them and their GP practice.
this leaflet contains additional useful information for patients: additionalinfo
Easy read patient information leaflet: scr_easy_read_patient_leaflet_additional_information
Opt in to consent to add additional information to your summary care record form: NHS Summary Care Record with additional information patient consent form
Other patient information leaflets:
If you wish to opt out of having a summary care record please download this form and bring it to the surgery for recording. Please ask for Rachael Atkinson – IM & T Data Officer or Justin Wood – Reception Supervisor.
New ‘Online’ Services Records Access Patient information – Summary Care Records now available via your online secure login – see information below.
‘It’s your choice’
If you wish to, you can now use the internet to book appointments with a GP, request repeat prescriptions for medications you take regularly. You can also view your summary care medical record online. You can also still use the telephone or call in to the surgery for any of these services as well (however, we do not take requests for repeat medication over the phone). It’s your choice.
Being able to see your record online might help you to manage your medical conditions. It also means that you can even access it from anywhere in the world should you require medical treatment on holiday. Online users can now request access to their detailed coded electronic medical records and this access will be granted on a patient by patient basis on request. (see online services page)
If you decide not to join or wish to withdraw, this is your choice and practice staff will continue to treat you in the same way as before. This decision will not affect the quality of your care.
If you have not signed up for access to our online services then please click on the links below to read how to do so, what things you should consider first, application forms and proof of identity you will need to provide to us when you register (even if you are a long standing patient at the Practice and our team know you well – the Practice team have to follow these strict guidances to comply with the intructions laid down by the Department of Health).
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET ONLINE SERVICES 2015 this tells you about the service and what you should consider before applying
PatientGuidanceSummary keeping your information safe this leaflet has some useful information about keeping your information safe the do’s and don’ts
PatientOnline-REGISTATION FORM you can download this registration form, fill it in and bring to the Practice in person.
PatientOnline-REGISTATION FORM PROXY ACCESS CONSENT AND REGISRATION FORM you may want to grant access to your record to a spouse or carer, this is also completed for children 15 and under.