Data Sharing

Your patient record is held securely and confidentially on the electronic system at your GP practice.

If you require treatment in another NHS healthcare setting such as an Emergency Department or Minor Injury Unit, those treating you would be better able to give you appropriate care if some of the information from the GP practice were available to them.

This information can now be shared electronically via:

1. The Summary Care Record: used nationally across England
2. The Oxfordshire Care Summary: used locally across Oxfordshire

In both cases, the information will be used only by authorised health care professionals directly involved in your care. Your permission will be asked before the information is accessed, unless the clinician is unable to ask you and there is a clinical reason for access.

A parent or guardian can request to opt out children under 16 but ultimately it is the GP’s decision whether to create the records or not, because of their duty of care to the child. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 and feel that they are able to understand, then you should make this information available to them.

Differences between the Oxfordshire Care Summary and the Summary Care Record

  Oxfordshire Care Summary Summary Care Record
Shared
  •  Across Oxfordshire
  • Across health care settings, including urgent care, community care and outpatient departments
  • With GPs, and with clinicians employed by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals Trust
  •  Across England
  • Across health care settings, including urgent care, community care and outpatient departments
  • With GPs, and with clinicians employed by Oxford University Hospitals Trust
Information source
  •  GP record
  • Other medical records held by different NHS organisations in Oxfordshire
  •  GP Record
Content
  •  Your current medications
  • Any allergies you have
  • Any bad reactions you have had to medicines
  • Your medical history and diagnoses
  • Test results and X-ray reports
  • Your vaccination history
  • General health readings such as blood pressure
  • Your appointments, hospital admissions, GP out-of-hours attendances and ambulance calls
  • Care/management plans
  • Correspondence such as referral letters and discharge summaries
  •  Your current medications
  • Any allergies you have
  • Any bad reactions you have had to medicines
  • Additional information (upon request to your GP) which includes:
    • Additional information includes:
    • Significant problems (past and present)
    • Significant procedures (past and present)
    • Anticipatory care information
    • End of life care information – as per EOLC dataset ISB 1580
    • Immunisations
    • Further information can be added (upon request to your GP)
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