NHS Record Data Sharing

This page is for information regarding the Summary Care Record, and the new (July 2021) National Data Extraction.  There is information at the bottom of the page of how to opt out of either of these.  Please read carefully about the purposes of this information sharing.


What is a Summary Care Record?

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.

Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases.

Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for Healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctors decide to care for you, for example which medicines they choose or prescribe or whether you have any allergies.

Who can see my Summary Care Record?

Only Healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.  They have to either ask for your permission to view, or they can override it if medically urgent to do so. 

How do I know if I have one?

Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record.  You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP.

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory.  If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can also use the 'Summary Care Records 'Opt-Out' Form' below.

To 'Opt-Out'

If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.

Please download the following 'Opt-Out' Form if you wish your clinical information to be withheld from the Summary Care Record.

Summary Care Record 'Opt-Out' Form  


More information about Summary Care Record

For further information, please click on the following link to visit the NHS Care records website.


Why does NHS Digital (NHSD) need my information?

Patients personal confidential data is extracted and shared with NHS Digital in order to support vital health and care planning and research. Further information can be found by following link: NHS digital

Do I have to share my information?

No, patients may opt out of having their information shared for Planning or Research by applying a National Data Opt Out and/or a Type 1 Opt Out:

Type 1 Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data)

NHSD will not collect data from GP practices about patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out with their practice. More information about Type 1 Opt-outs is in the GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice.

This collection will start on 1 July 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital, please register your Type 1 Opt-out by 23 June 2021.

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with NHSD. They will however still hold the patient data which was shared before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

You can use the form below to:
• register a Type 1 Opt-out, for yourself or for a dependent (if you are the parent or legal guardian of the patient) (to Opt-out)
• withdraw an existing Type 1 Opt-out, for yourself or a dependent (if you are the parent or legal guardian of the patient) if you have changed your preference (Opt-in)

Type One Opt-Out Form
Please complete the form and post to the surgery or email us at mbccg.queensquare.@nhs.net

If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out. For this, you must contact NHS Digital - more information about the National Data Opt-out is here: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/

National Data Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital sharing your data with other organisations)

If you have not registered a Type 1 opt-out, your data will be passed to NHSD but they will NOT share this information with other organisation.

NHSD will collect data from GP medical records about patients who have registered a National Data Opt-out. The National Data Opt-out applies to identifiable patient data about your health, which is called confidential patient information.

NHS Digital won’t share any confidential patient information about you - this includes GP data, or other information, such as hospital data - with other organisations, unless there is an exemption to this.  This decision will not affect individual care and you can change your choice at any time, using this form.

For more information about how we use your medical record data, please click this link to view our policies. Medical Record Privacy Policies

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