General Data Protection Regulation is a new EU law that comes into force on the 25th May 2018. Please select the following links for more information:-
GDPR Patient Leaflet
How we use your medical records
PATIENT RECORDS SHARING
Click on the links below for more information.
Summary Care Record FAQs
Additional information explaining record sharing is also available on the ‘Better Care Together web site at http://www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk
SUMMARY CARE RECORD
There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it will contain just your medications and allergies.
Later on as the central NHS computer system develops, (known as the ‘Summary Care Record’ – SCR), other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it along with information from hospitals, out of hours services, and specialists letters that may be added as well.
Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases.
As with all new systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems, although even then, you should be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.
On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. Connecting for Health (CfH), the government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this practice should be able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System.
For existing patients it is different in that it is assumed that you want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.
For further information visit the Connecting for Health Website
If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.
MEDICAL INTEROPERABILITY GATEWAY (MIG)
Whilst the ‘Summary Care Record’ (SCR) system makes a very small portion of your medical record available across the whole NHS (and can be viewed by a range of staff in an emergency), the MIG shares a much fuller view of your records but only with local NHS providers – and only when you give explicit consent to a doctor or nurse at the point of care. This local scheme is administered by our local I.T. Service Commissioners who have produced a Poster and Fact Sheet to inform you of these processes. If you should like to opt-out of the MIG entirely please let us know and we will add a code to your notes that will prevent any data uploads.