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:
As doctors we are required to participate in the care.data service, the NHS data system delivered by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The care.data service will collect information to enable NHS England to plan and manage care being provided across the NHS through the collection, analysis and sharing of data from different parts of the health service, including hospitals and GP practices. In addition, information which does not identify you may be made available to approved researchers. Further information on the care.data service and the HSCIC is available from the sources below and in the leaflet "How information about you helps us to provide better care" which is available in the waiting areas. You have the right to object to care.data disclosure. If you object please make your wishes know. They must be respected.
Patient information line: 0300 456 3531
Websites: www.nhs.uk/caredata and www.hscic.gov.uk/patientconf