Today, records are kept in all the places where you receive care. These places can usually share information from your records by letter, email, fax or phone. At times, this can slow down treatment and sometimes information can be hard to access.
We are introducing Summary Care Records to improve the safety and quality of patient care. Because the Summary Care Record is an electronic record it will give healthcare staff faster, easier access to essential information about you, to help provide you with safe treatment when you need care in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed.
We are telling you about this before a Summary Care Record is made for you, so that you have time to think about your choices.
You do not need to do anything. This will happen automatically. Healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they look at your Summary Care Record.
If you don't want a Summary Care Record, you need to let your GP practice know by filling in and returning an opt-out form.
For more information about Summary Care Records and your choices: