NHS DATA Sharing

Many of you by now will have received letters in the post which have been sent many months apart explaining about shared records and DATA sharing. At the surgery we believe that this has led to confusion for our patients. Below is a paragraph on each of the three ways DATA can be shared with links to further information.

We have also included a summary table for a quick comparison at the bottom of this page.
We have also provided opt out letters at the bottom of the page.


1. The Hampshire Health Record


GPs, hospitals and community staff collect information about patients and store it electronically on different computers.
New computer systems have made it possible to combine records from different parts of the NHS allowing the Health Service within Hampshire to set up a new type of record called the Hampshire Health Record. This is a local record only.

For more information about the Hampshire Health Record click here


2. The Summary Care Record

The NHS is introducing Summary Care Records to improve the safety and quality of patient care. Because the Summary Care Record is an electronic record it will give healthcare staff faster, easier access to essential information about you, to help provide you with safe treatment when you need care in an emergency or when your GP Practice is closed.
It will contain important information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have had. Giving healthcare staff access to this information can prevent mistakes being made when caring for you in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed. Your Summary Care Record will also include your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS Number to help identify you correctly.

For more information about the Summary Care Record click here


A summary table:

Hampshire Health Record

Summary Care Record 

  • Electronic Record
  • Used by clinicians to access medical information about patients they are treating
  • Local to Hampshire only
  • Only accessed with patient's consent by a healthcare staff member
  • Contains diagnoses, medication, clinical measurements and pathology results
  • Automatically opted in unless you specify otherwise
  • Electronic Record
  • Used by clinicians to access medical information about patients they are treating
  • National
  • Only accessed with patient's consent by a healthcare staff member
  • Contains medications, allergies and adverse reactions only
  • Automatically opted in unless you specify otherwise


Opting out:

As you can see, by default you are opted in to these systems.

As clinicians it makes sense to be able to access your record from wherever we are seeing you. As patients, we believe that, for example, you should be able to expect that an out of hours doctor or an A&E doctor knows you are allergic to penicillin if that is the case.
Without sharing data, this won't happen automatically....

However, if you still wish to opt out of any or all of these DATA sharing organisations, please complete one or all of the forms below.

(you will need proof of ID with this form)