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Sharing Your NHS Patient Data

Information sharing in the NHS is subject to rigorous regulation and governance to ensure your full identifiable and personal medical data is kept confidential and only ever seen by carefully vetted doctors, nurses and administrative staff responsible for overseeing your care.

There are different elements of “sharing NHS patient information”, they are:

• SCR   = National “Summary Care Record”
• EDSM   = Enhanced Data Sharing Model
• National Data Opt Out = Your Data Matters - Through NHS Digital

Summary Care Records (SCR) — National Sharing

Your SCR is a short summary of your GP medical record which tells other health staff who care for you about the medicines you take and any allergies.  This means they can give you better care when you are away from you usual doctor’s surgery, e.g.
• In an emergency
• When you’re on holiday
• When your surgery is closed
• At out-patient clinics
• When you visit a pharmacy

You can also include additional information on your SCR, which will add extra details from your medical notes, including:
• Health problems like dementia or diabetes
• Details of your carer
• Your treatment preferences
• Communication needs, for example, if you  have hearing aids or need an interpreter

This will help medical staff care for you properly and respect your choices when you need care away from the your GP surgery.  Looking at your SCR can speed up your care and make sure you are given the right medicines and treatment.

Staff will ask your permission to look at your SCR (except in an emergency when you are unconscious, for example) and only staff with the right levels of security clearance can access the system so your information is secure.

For more information on your SCR please go to
To opt in or opt out of a SCR please complete the attached form and return to your GP Surgery.

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Enhanced Data Sharing Model (EDSM)

Most practices in North Devon use the same confidential clinical computer software “SystmOne” to store your GP health record.  By giving your permission to share your records your medical notes will be made available to healthcare professionals involved in your direct care, for example the local community nurses who may look after you when you leave hospital, or healthcare professionals you may choose to see at other North Devon Practices outside of our normal surgery hours.

At the moment, each professional a patient sees keeps a separate record, which means some important information may not be communicated between health services as well as it could be.  Having a single electronic record with all health information in one place means that care providers can give patients the most safe and efficient care possible. 

Health information recorded at South Molton Medical Centre can be shared digitally with other health and care organisations where patients are being treated.  Our GPs ask patients if they wish to share their information on an individual patient basis.

  • Sharing IN determines whether or not our GP Practice can view information in your record that has been entered by other NHS services who are providing care for you or who may provide care for you in the future (that you have consented to share out).
  • Sharing OUT controls whether information recorded at our GP Practice can be shared with other NHS health Care providers.

To give your consent to share in / share out please complete this form and return to your GP Surgery.

National Data Opt-Out

From 25 May 2018 patients can choose to stop confidential information being used for purposes other than their direct care and treatment.  The NHS can use your confidential information to:

  • Plan and improve health and care services
  • Research and develop cures for serious illnesses

Most of the time, the NHS use anonymised data
For more information and to manage your choice to opt-out go to

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