In the last three months more than 20,000 people in Suffolk have agreed to share their health record – and at an event later this week people will have the opportunity to learn more about the advantages of agreeing to share their health record and understand the options.
Representatives from NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will be at The Arc, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds from 9am – 5pm on Saturday October 14. People are encouraged to drop by and better understand how record sharing could literally save their life.
Around 90% of people in Suffolk have a summary care record (SCR), which is only a basic snapshot of medical information created from their GP record, including details such as medication and allergies. This record can be accessed by health professionals treating you in an emergency or out-of-hours setting.
You can give permission for more information to be added to the SCR, such as reasons for taking medication, any diseases you might have and your end of care life preferences. You also have the option of agreeing to share your full medical record – this enables those professionals who are treating you in an emergency to access vital health information about you. It also avoids the need for you to duplicate telling health professionals about your condition.
Dr Simon Arthur, a GP in Newmarket and IT lead for NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This event is a great opportunity for people to gain a greater understanding of the options they have to share their health record, either by agreeing to have additional information added to their summary care record or agreeing to share their full health record.
“Many people may assume that record-sharing happens automatically. It doesn’t, but by signing a simple form and handing it back to your GP practice, you can agree to your health information being shared.
“It’s important to recognise that this information would only ever be accessed by a health or social care professional directly involved in your care.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and find out more.”
Anyone who cannot attend can read more about health record sharing HERE and download the agreement form which needs to be signed and returned to their GP practice.