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Walton Medical Centre Walton Surgery
Tel: (01255) 674373

Summary Care Record


The NHS in England is introducing the Summary Care Record, which will be used in emergency care. The Summary Care Record has now been introduced in this practice. A Summary Care Record is an electronic record containing key health information, which can be made available to NHS healthcare staff caring for you in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed.


To ensure those catering for you have enough information to treat you safely, the record will contain information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.


Your Summary Care Record will be available to authorised healthcare staff providing your care anywhere in England, but they will ask your permission before they look at it. This means that if you have an accident or become ill, the doctors treating you will have immediate access to important information about your health.


As a patient you have a choice:


• Yes I would like a Summary Care Record - you do not need to do anything and a Summary Care Record will be created for you.


• No I do not want a Summary Care Record - ask the receptionist for an opt out form. Please complete the form and hand it to a member of the GP practice staff.


You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record and you can change your mind at any time by informing the GP practice.


If you do nothing we will assume that you are happy with these changes and create a Summary Care Record for you. Children under 16 will automatically have a Summary Care Record created for them unless their parent or guardian chooses to opt them out.


You can find out more by contacting www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk or telephone the dedicated NHS Summary Care Record Information Line on 0300 123 3020. Alternatively, you can ask the receptionist for one of our information booklets.

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