Did you know… Your GP medical record is the most complete record of your health and wellbeing.
But did you know that when you visit hospital, access mental health, out of hours services, or need an ambulance, those treating you cannot access your records?
Your local health and social care services feel that those involved in your care should be able to see vital information about you to help improve the medical care that you receive, which is why we are starting to integrate information sharing across your local services.
This will allow health and social care professionals caring for you to view information from your GP record, with your permission, to provide you with better, safer care.
How will this help you?
- Faster and easier access to your medical information
- Provides information such as any medication you take and the dosage, any allergies you may have, the results of any recent medical tests you may have had, which member of the GP practice staff you last saw
- Improves safety and quality of your care
- Less time filling in forms
- More secure than your GP sending your record via fax or recorded delivery
- Enables safer delivery of care in an emergency
- Take a lot of stress away from hospital visits
- Having one system tell your story
- Providing reliable and essential information about you
Who will be able to see your information?
The person treating you will ask for your permission to view information from your GP records which will provide you with safer care. We can only view your information with your permission and for your direct care. Please note that clinicians can override your decision in the event of an emergency, for example if you are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate, or they feel it is essential to your health and wellbeing.
Your information, your choice
When it comes to your health and social care services, you will have the power to choose who can see your medical information, when they can see it and how they can access it.
If you are happy to share your medical information with those treating you, you will need to provide consent.
If you do not wish to have your records accessed by other health and social care providers other than your GP practice then you only have to state that you do not give permission. You will not be refused treatment and your information will be taken in the normal way.