Merchiston Surgery

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Patient confidentiality

We respect your right to privacy and keep all your health information confidential and secure. It is important that the NHS keeps accurate and up-to-date records about your health and treatment so that those treating you can give you the best possible care.

This information may be used for management and audit purposes. However, it is usually only available to, and used by, those involved in your care. You have the right to know what information we hold about you. If you would like to see your records please contact the Practice Manager.

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 Digital website

Download the opt out form

Enriched Summary Care Record

Patients can also have an Enriched SCRs include both core information (Medications, Allergies and Adverse Reactions) and additional clinical information
from a patient’s GP record. Additional information can be added automatically to the SCR, with explicit patient consent, by their GP practice. Additional information will include:

  • Significant medical history (past and present)
  • Reason for medication
  • Anticipatory care information (such as information about the management of
    long term conditions)
  • Communication preferences
  • End of life care information
  • Immunisations

If you want to have an enriched SCR please complete the form or ask at Reception.