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Your Health Records

Update March 2016

Please see information below regarding the sharing of your Electronic Health Records.

Record Sharing Information


Record Sharing FAQs

Summary Care Records

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.


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 doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. 

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 use the form at the foot of this page.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website

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View your health records wherever you are

With Patient Online you can access GP Services from your computer, tablet or mobile phone, as well as through your local surgery.

  • Book GP appointments
  • View your health records
  • Renew Prescriptions

NHS England have announced that the plans to share patient data have been postponed in order to give the public more time to learn about information sharing.  There is now a dedicated help line which patients can call on 0300 456 3531.  The line is open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 8.00pm and on Saturdays from 9.00am to 3.00pm. A text phone service is also available on 0208 7428620

Here is a link which gives you  information about the data sharing.

Direct link to patient information on NHS Choices here:

Patient FAQ

NHS England Care Data Patient Leaflet

CARE.DATA practice Responsibilities

Dissent from secondary use of patient identifiable data

IT and Electronic Processing of Records

New contractual requirements came into force 1st April 2015 requiring the GP practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:-

  1. Referral Management
  2. Electronic Appointment Booking
  3. On line Booking of repeat prescriptions
  4. Summary Care Record
  5. GP2GP transfer
  6. Patient Access to the detailed information from the medical record.

Tinkers Lane Surgery now offers to our patients all of the requirements under the GP contract relating to IT developments and are working closely with our Clinical System Suppliers to allow patients to access the detailed information from their medical records.  It is our intention to have this development available to our patients by 31st March 2016.

Fair Processing Notification for Patients

The practice may supply personal health data to comply with its legal obligation from time to time, as directed by the Secretary of State for Health, or other recognised Statutory Authority.

National Diabetes Audit - Patients should be aware that we are required to participate in the National Diabetes Audit and this includes the secure transfer of some patient identifiable data.  If you would like further information, please contact the surgery.

Anonymised data on the use of fit notes is being provided to the HSCIC on behalf of Department of Health, and the Department for Work and Pensions.  This will enable the Department for Work and Pensions to undertake research analysis to inform policy relating to employment and sickness absence, including evaluation of Fit for Work.

For details on how this data may be used visit:

Additional Information is available:

ICO information page for the public:

HSCIC information page about collections:

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