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Quantock Vale Surgery

Quantock Vale Surgery

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Confidentiality

 

We take confidentiality seriously. In order to maintain confidentiality, details of consultations and hospital or laboratory results will only be given to patients themselves or to parents/guardians of minors. No information can be given to any other person without the patient's written consent. For further information, ask at reception for a copy of our leaflet “Strictly Confidential Your Medical Record”.

 

Date Protection Act 1998

 

Patients are entitled to see their medical records (with certain exceptions). Further information about how you can view your medical records is included in our leaflet “Strictly Confidential Your Medical Record”.

 

 

How information about you helps us to provide better care (care.data programme).

 

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 the NHS can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. Information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, will be linked to provide a full picture. This will give a comparison of the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, to show what has worked best. This is the care.data programme.

 

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 the best care possible is provided 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.

Further information is contained in the leaflet “How information about you helps us to provide better care” and the Frequently Asked Questions document.

If you wish to download the opt out form please click here and return it to reception.

 

 

 

Summary care record

 

The NHS in England has introduced the Summary Care Record, an electronic health record that can be accessed when you need urgent treatment from somebody other than your own GP.

Summary Care Records contain key information about the medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had in the past. You will be able to add other information too if you and your GP agree that it is a good idea to do so.

If you have an accident or fall ill, the people caring for you in places like accident and emergency departments and GP out of hours services will be better equipped to treat you if they have this information. Your Summary Care Record will be available to authorised healthcare staff whenever and wherever you need treatment in England, and they will ask your permission before they look at it. Please click here for a leaflet

 

Your GP practice is supporting Summary Care Records and as a patient you have a choice:

 

Yes, I would like a Summary Care Record. If you want a record you do not need to do anything further, one will be created for you when you register with your GP practice. If you opted out of having a record in the past but have now changed your mind, speak to your GP practice and they can create one for you.

 

No, I do not want a Summary Care Record. If you do not want a record, you need to fill in the Summary Care Record opt out form and hand it in to your GP practice. You should do this even if you have already completed a form at your previous practice. Opt out forms are available from your GP practice or you can print one from the website (http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/scr/library/optout.pdf)

 

You are free to change your decision at any time by informing your GP practice.

 

Children under 16 will automatically have a Summary Care Record created for them unless their parent or guardian chooses to opt them out. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 and feel that they are old enough to understand, please tell them about Summary Care Records and explain the options available to them.

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