Your Data Matters to the NHS
Information about your health & care helps us improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan our local services and research new treatments. You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. To find out more visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
Help health and care staff can make better decisions about your care and treatment
All patients have a Summary Care Record (SCR).
This contains important information about your health, such as:
- Medicines you take
- Allergies you have
- Medicines that make you ill
You might need to see a doctor or nurse who does not know you. If they do not know about your care, your SCR could:
- Stop them making a mistake, because they can see your medicines, allergies or what medicines make you ill
- Help them see your information straight away on a computer
Doctors and nurses treating you will ask if they can look at your SCR to help them treat you quickly and safely.
You can choose to have other useful information added to your SCR, including:
- Your illnesses and any health problems
- Operations and vaccinations you have had in the past
- How you would like to be treated – such as where you would prefer to receive care
- What support you might need
- Who should be contacted for more information about you
If you think you want to add other useful information to your SCR, talk to your GP practice. It will be added to your SCR and kept up-to-date for you.
If there is information you don’t want adding, let your GP practice know.
Opt-in or opt-out from a shared record
At the moment each professional you see keeps a separate record. This can mean that important information is not being communicated between health services as well as it could be.
Who will be able to see my records:
Emergency Departments and Minor Injury Units
GPS, including out of hours GPs
Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists
County wide services such as the Ambulancce Service
Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
It is important that we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or download a copy of the leaflet “Better Information means better care ”. below
We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.