Patient medical data is being increasingly shared e.g. between GP surgeries and District Nursing, in order to give clinicians access to the most up to date information when attending patients.
The systems we operate require that any sharing of medical information is consented to by patients beforehand. You can see these options on your registrations forms and update them anytime by speaking to Reception.
This GP practice is able to share your electronic GP record with healthcare professions caring for you elsewhere. This may help in your care and may save you from needing to remember your medical history and medications. There are two ways in which your information can be shared:
Sharing OUT - This means that information you provide to us can be shared with other NHS services
Sharing IN - This means that information made shareable by other NHS services can be viewed by us at the surgery.
For example, it may be necessary to share data held in GP practices with district nurses but the local podiatry department would not need to see it to undertake their work. In this case, patients would allow the surgery to share their data, they would allow the district nurses to access it but they would not allow access by the podiatry department. In this way access to patient data is under patients' control and can be shared on a 'need to know' basis.