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Summary Care Record & Information Sharing

Your Records

March 2017 - Parkfield Medical Centre uses the clinical system 'SystmOne' which is managed by TPP. Following recent press releases about SystmOne data sharing (eDSM), please see the most up to date guidance here

The ICO Statement can be found here

Parkfield currently has eDSM switched on but has a local policy & default posiiton that no patient data recorded at the practice is shared with other SystmOne users but that we can view data recorded by other organisations (unless patients have requested to change their preference)

Patients can change this preference at anytime by completing the form at the bottom  of this page

If you have questions, please contact the Practice Manager on 0121 749 5757


Data sharing – confidentiality

There are strict laws and regulations to ensure that your health records are kept confidential and can only be accessed by health professionals directly involved in your care.
There are a number of different laws that relate to health records. The two most important laws are:

  • Data Protection Act (1998), and 
  • Human Rights Act (1998).

Under the terms of the Data Protection Act (1998), organisations such as the NHS must ensure that any personal information it gathers in the course of its work is:

  • Only used for the stated purpose of gathering the information (which in this case would be to ensure that you receive a good standard of healthcare), and 
  • Kept secure.

The Human Rights Act (1998) also states that everyone has the right to have their private life respected. This includes the right to keep your health records confidential.

NHS Data Sharing Agreements

The NHS is currently making some important changes to how it will store and use health records over the next few years. 
All patients are automatically OPTED IN to the data sharing areas detailed below.

Patients can choose to opt out of any of these (or all of them) at any time

 Summary Care Record  (SCR) – National project

 Care Data – National project – National project

Please note that a separate OPT OUT form must be completed for each data sharing agreement. Any patient data released before an opt out form is completed will not be recalled but the data frozen so it can no longer be used.

All opt out forms are available from the surgery or via the links below.

Summary Care Opt Out Form

 Care Data Opt Out Form

eDSM Opt Out Form

More details about how your data is used and protected is available from NHS Choices.


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.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website

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