Data and Privacy

Summary Care Records (SCR) are an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. They can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in a patient's direct care.

There are clear benefits to patients of having a Summary Care Record.

You may need to receive treatment from someone who does not know your medical history. An SCR means they can quickly access important information and make sure you receive the best care possible.

Here are just some examples of information contained on your SCR that will help NHS staff give you the best care:
  • Medications you are currently taking
  • Any allergies you have
  • Negative reactions to medication in the past
  • You can also choose to have any long-term conditions, significant medical history, or specific communications needs to be included
Without an SCR, this information would not be available quickly and would have to be requested. This can lead to delays in your treatment, or worse still application of a specific treatment or medicine that you may react badly to.
National Data Opt-Out The national data opt-out was introduced on 25 May 2018, enabling patients to opt-out from the use of their data for research or planning purposes, in line with the recommendations of the National Data Guardian in her Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs.

Patients can view or change their national data opt-out choice at any time by using the online service at www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or by calling 0300 3035678.
The latest Information Governance and Data Protection legislation requires us to ensure that a patient’s personal data must:
  • Be collected only for a legitimate purpose and processed only in a way that is compatible with that purpose.
  • Be limited to what is required in relation to the purpose for which it is used.
  • Be accurate and kept up to date.
  • Not be kept for longer than is necessary.
  • Be processed and stored in a safe and secure manner.
  • Collected and processed lawfully, fairly and transparently.
We want to reassure our patients that we have systems in place that allows us to record, process, share and store their personal data in accordance with the requirements of current regulations.

As a patient you have the right to:
  • Be informed about the data we collect and the reasons why it is collected.
  • Know how we will use your data and the way we store and archive it.
  • Access your data.
  • Have any errors in your data rectified.
  • Have your records erased in certain circumstances.
  • Restrict processing of your data.
  • Transfer your data to another health care provider.
  • Object to us processing certain data.
We have to obtain your explicit consent to use your data in certain circumstances and you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. Our organisation is also compliant with the National Data Opt-out Policy. Please ask a member of staff if you have any queries about how we use your data.