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Patients given chance to opt out of electronic health records
PATIENTS across Hampshire are being asked if they want to opt out of a new electronic record that holds key information for medics in an emergency.
Health bosses are urging people to take up the opportunity to benefit from the NHS Summary Care Record (SCR) which they claim will give doctors and nurses quicker and easier access to important information about a patient in need of emergency care.
The record will contain vital information, such as what medication a patient is on, any allergies and notes of any previous bad reactions to medicines.
Bosses believe the information could make a significant difference to ensuring safe treatment in an emergency when no other information is available.
Letters are being sent to all patients, explaining the benefits of the SCR. An opt-out form is included should a patient prefer not to have a Summary Care Record created. Children under the age of 16 years will get an SCR unless their parents or guardians opt them out.
Access to a patient’s SCR is strictly controlled and only staff with an NHS smartcard can view a record, and only then if they are involved with that patient’s treatment and have permission from the patient to do so.
Dr Steve Townsend, chair NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Being able to find out relevant information about current medication, for example, enables NHS staff to provide the safest care possible, as quickly as possible – wherever in England that patient requires medical care.”
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