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The NHS is changing the way your health records are stored.
Today, records are kept in all the places where you receive care. These places can usually only share information from your records by letter, email, fax or phone. At times, this can slow down treatment and sometimes information can be hard to access.
We are moving towards storing a Summary Care Record for each patient electronically on the N3, the NHS National Network. This will mean it is quicker to get important information to NHS healthcare staff treating you, including in an emergency.
You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record:
You need to let your GP practice know by filling in and returning an opt out form (PDF, 46.6Kb).
If you choose not to have a Summary Care Record but then change your mind later we can still make one for you. You need to let your GP practice know.
If you choose not to have your Summary Care Record after we have made it, you need to tell your GP practice. We will make sure that healthcare staff who try to look at your Summary Care Record will not be able to. We will only make your record available again if whoever wants to see it asks in writing and an investigation has found it necessary, for example if there is a complaint.
You can ask to have your record deleted, but that may not be possible if the record has already been used to give you care.
For more information please visit the NHS Summary Care Records web site