Summary Care Records and Care.data
The NHS operates two systems for the possible sharing of patient data with other bodies.
1. Summary Care Records
Your Summary Care Record is an emergency care summary.
It contains your basic information (name, date of birth and address), plus your current medication, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had. This information can then be uploaded onto the national "spine". This can then be accessed by other doctors in an emergency but only with your permission at the time - for example in casualty, or out of hours' services. This information will normally automatically be uploaded to the spine unless you opt out.
You can opt out by completing an opt-out form available in reception.
Further information can be found by phoning 0300 123 3020 or by visiting the NHS websites:
2. NHS Digital: 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.
In May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.
You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning.
To find out more please see the leaflet below:
NHS Digital patient information leaflet
Or call: 0300 303 5678