The NHS has introduced an improved way of storing and managing important medical information electronically, called Summary Care Records.
NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG is taking part in this scheme, meaning that key information from GP records will start to become available electronically to staff treating you out of hours or in an emergency, or in the future in a pharmacy setting.
You should have received an information pack about the Summary Care Record (SCR) in the post. If you decide to have a Summary Care Record it will contain important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies, and any bad reactions to medicines that you have had.
Giving healthcare staff access to this information can prevent mistakes being made when caring for you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
You may want to add other details about your care to your Summary Care Record. This will only happen if you ask for the information to be included. You should discuss this with your GP.
If you have a Summary Care Record, you will normally be asked for permission before your record is viewed. In a rare situation where you are unable to give your permission to NHS staff to view your record, for example, if you are unconscious, then a clinician can still access your record if they decide that this is in your best interest. Tight security controls are used to monitor access made to records under these circumstances.
How will having a Summary Care Record benefit me?
Before the NHS Summary Care Record initiative, records were kept in all the different places where you receive care. These organisations can usually only share information from your records by letter, email, fax or phone. At times, this can slow down your treatment. The Summary Care Record is a quicker way of getting important information to the NHS staff treating you, including in an emergency and when you use out-of-hours services, such as when your GP practice is closed.
By using your Summary Care Record, healthcare staff will be able to share important information such as allergies and medications when necessary, giving a more complete and accurate picture of your health history.
Locally, healthcare staff in Bury and Rochdale Doctors on Call (BARDOC), Rochdale Infirmary Urgent Care Centre, Fairfield A&E and the Prestwich and Bury Walk-in Centres, along with other healthcare sites, will have quick access to your records, so they can provide safer and more effective care.
Access to your Summary Care Record will only be available to authorised NHS staff if they are involved in your treatment and there are strict security measures in place to ensure this.
How will I know when a Summary Care Record will be created for me?
Summary Care Records are being rolled out to practices in the Rochdale borough in phases. In total 39 practices are participating in the scheme. All patients over the age of 16 registered at participating practices have received a letter, information leaflet and opt-out form through the post.
If you would like to have a Summary Care Record you don’t need to do anything. If you do not want to have a Summary Care Record you can opt out and no record will be created for you. You can opt out by filling in the opt-out form and returning it to your practice.
The following practices have now created Summary Care Records and more sites will upload records in the coming months. This page will be updated as more sites go live:
- Dr Gupta, Pennine Surgery, Littleborough
- Dr Bhima, Nye Bevan House, Maclure Rd, Rochdale
- The Village Medical Centre, Peel Street, Littleborough
- Trinity Medical Centre
- Hopwood Medical Centre
- Junction Surgery / Alkrington Health Centre
- York House Surgery
- Smallbridge Medical Practice
- Dr JT Anglin – Bowness Rd Middleton
- Strand Medical Practice
- Windermere Road Surgery
- Rochdale Rd Medical Centre
- Durnford Medical Centre
- Dr Dench
- Yorkshire St
- Drs Thompson and Stockton – Clough Street
- Dr Hamid
- Wellfield Health Centre
- Kingsway Medical Practice
- Argyle St Medical Practice
- Healey Medical Practice.
More information is available about the Summary Care Records service:
- Online at www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk
- By calling the national NHS Care Records Patient Information Line on 0300 123 3020
If you would like to find out more about Summary Care Records in the Rochdale borough, you can contact the Patient Services team at North West Commissioning Support Unit.