One of the many things that came through my front door recently was this leaflet from the NHS about Summary Care Records – all 12 pages of it (you can download the whole pdf here).
Having, as requested, ‘taken time to read this leaflet’ I realised most of it was unnecessary
Here’s the condensed version:
Here’s the full text for anyone who wants it:
We are creating new Summary Care Records. These records will hold important information about your medical conditions and medical history.
How are these different to my normal medical records?
Unlike the records at your GP’s surgery, your Summary Care Record will be available by any part of the NHS that has to treat you.
Normally we will ask permission to look at your record, but if it is an emergency we will refer to this record so we can help you as quickly as possible.
If you are happy for us to create a Summary Care for you, you don’t need to do anything. Your record will be created shortly.
If you change your mind in future, we can hide your record.
If you don’t want us to create your Summary Care Record, you will need to complete a Summary Care Records opt-out form. You can get this from your GP, or download it from www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/options
If you change your mind in the future, we can create a record for you.
We will treat all the information in your Summary Care Record with the same confidentiality as other information we hold about you.
If you want to know more, visit www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk