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Quantock Vale Surgery

Quantock Vale Surgery

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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.



The NHS may use your confidential patient information for research and planning. Please click here for more information: “Your Data matters to the NHS leaflet”.


Please take attention to read this leaflet as it details how the NHS utilises your confidential patient information. If you decide to opt out of sharing your confidential patient information for research and planning, then you need to visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters and follow the instructions.


Please note that this decision does not affect your care and treatment in any way.





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 and return it to the surgery (click here).


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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