Your Medical Record
What is your Medical Record?
Your medical record or "Patient Record" is a collection of information about your health and a detailed history of your past treatment. It is held electronically and can be accessed by a number of health and care professionals. This helps the people caring for you to make the best decisions about your individual treatment and care.
The information in your records can include your:
- name, age and address
- health conditions
- treatments and medicines
- allergies and past reactions to medicines
- tests, scans and X-ray results
- lifestyle information, such as whether you smoke or drink
- hospital admission and discharge information
You have the option to decide who, apart from our practice, can access your record. This page explains more about how your record is used and also how you can update your personal details if they change. To find out more about our data protection compliance click the image to the right.
Summary Care Records (SCR)
Summary Care Records (SCR) are an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. They can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the patient's direct care.
The SCR system is designed to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. It contains information on your medications and allergies.
Patient information is extracted from GP practices, including ours, and held securely on central NHS databases.
As with all systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems. Even so, you should still be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.
On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. If you don’t want a Summary Care Record to be made for you, please tell us. Don’t forget that even if you do have an SCR, you will be asked if staff can look at it every time they need to. You don’t have to agree to this if you don't want to.
Updating your Medical Record
It is important that we have up to date records. We record details of your conditions, treatments and results whenever you come for an appointment, but if your personal details change (change of address/circumstancs etc.), please let us know using the appropriate forms, which you can open using the links below.