A Summary Care Record is certain information from patient records’ which is uploaded to the NHS ‘Spine’, a central database that only authorised NHS staff have access to. Patients can opt out and you may have already done so. Summary Care Records from the practice were uploaded to the ‘Spine’ in April 2014. This enables authorised personnel in hospitals in England (usually in A&E departments) to see your latest medications, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medication you have had so they may treat you safely. If you do not want a summary care record created, please let us know. The practice uploads Summary Care Record information daily to the NHS ‘Spine’ for those patients who have not opted out.
We are now asking patients if they would like to ‘enhance’ their existing summary care record. This would mean that additional information to that stated above would be available (with your consent) to anyone from another primary or secondary care setting looking at your records. If you attended A&E for example, following an accident, and the A&E doctor wanted to know if you were allergic to anything but in your state of shock you weren’t able to remember, he would ask your permission to look at your Summary Care Record, where he would be able to see any allergies previously recorded in your medical records. If you wanted to ‘enhance’ your record it would include the following information:
- Significant medical history (past and present)
- Reason for medication
- Anticipatory care information (important in the management of long term conditions)
- Communication preferences
- End of life care information