The way we share your NHS patient records is changing to give you more control of who can see your records.
From October 2013, every time you start to see an organisation outside of your normal GP practice (e.g. the district nurses, smoking cessation clinic or out of hours GP) they must ask for your permission before they can access your records. If you agree, they will then be able to see and add to your record, which allows for smoother care and communication between different healthcare professionals. When you are discharged they will no longer be able to access your records and will need to ask your permission again if you see them in the future.
You can, of course, refuse permission when they ask, which will prevent them from seeing or adding to your record. This is entirely your choice, however, if you choose to do this it is helpful if you can provide them with as much information about your health as possible (e.g. a list of your medication), to help them provide you with safe and effective care.
If you would prefer your records not to be shared, please let us know so that we can mark your records appropriately. This means that when an NHS organisation wants to access your records when they see you in a clinic they would have to contact your GP surgery. We would then need permission from you in person or in writing before granting them access to your records. This may cause delays and some inconvenience.
If you have any questions about this change please ask at reception to speak to someone about it.
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