There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.
Why do I need a Summary Care Record?
Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.
Who can see it?
Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
How do I know if I have one?
Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map
or by asking your GP
Do I have to have one?
No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.
Walnut Tree Surgery will be fully enabled for the SCR as of 30th September 2014.
For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website
Your medical records when leaving the practice
It is important to ensure you register with a GP where you live. We encourage patients to do this as soon as they move to a new area. Once you have re-registered with a new GP, your medical records will be forwarded to them via NHS England.
If you move to a new surgery that uses the same clinical computer system as us your electronic medical record will be available to them as soon as they register you at the practice. This is called GP2GP.
Walnut Tree Surgery will be fully enabled for GP2GP as of 9th October 2014.