Changes to your online access to your medical records
You may have received a letter from us about your online access to your medical records(SystmOnline).
The Royal College and General Practitioners (RCGP) and NHS England have issued guidance as to how access should be permitted, and we need to follow this guidance.
For parents of children under the age of 11 years they may request access to their child's medical records by proxy rather than their child having direct access themselves
When your child reaches 11 years old the online access by proxy should be routinely switched off
For children between the ages of 11 years and 16 years it may be appropriate to continue allowing parents online access by proxy, or it may be appropriate to allow the child direct access online themselves. It is difficult to know when to make this switch and each child will be different, and hence each request needs to be considered carefully
For people aged 16 years and older they can request direct online access to their medical records themselves and will have responsibility for protecting their own registration details and password
We are making changes to comply with this guidance. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, but it is very important that we protect the confidentiality of everyone.
Your medical records are an important way of helping us provide Medical Care. You and Your Medical Records describes how we use and protect your records. You can download this here
You and your medical records
The computer system we are using to keep your medical records is called SystmOne. It is used by a number of other medical services locally including the out of hours service Urgent Cambridge Care. We ask your explicit consent to allow other Healthcare Professionals who treat you using SystmOne to see the records we make, and for us to see the records that they make. We feel this helps support the continuity of your medical care, but we can only do this with your explicit consent. We have explained this a little further in Share Out Share In with SystmOne which you can download here
If you are happy to consent to Share Out Share In, so that other Healthcare Professionals directly involved in your care who also use SystmOne, can see your medical records, please complete the appropriate form and hand it in at the surgery
This is not the same as the Summary Care Record or Care Data. There is more information about these on this website. It is assumed that you consent to these unless you specifically opt out. You can downlad the necessary forms to opt out on the relevant pages of this website and then hand them in at the Reception
The NHS Care Record Guarantee gives you more information regarding your medical records and is available via the Health and Social Care Information centre and can be accessed via the following link
Huntingdon Road Surgery is "Live" for Summary Care Records
There is a Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it will contain just your medications and allergies.
Later on as the central NHS computer system develops, (known as the ‘Summary Care Record’ – SCR), other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it along with information from hospitals, out of hours services, and specialists letters that may be added as well.
Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases.
As with all new systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems, although even then, you should be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.
On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. Connecting for Health (CfH), the government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this practice should be able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System.
For existing patients it is different in that it is assumed that you want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.
For further information visit the Connecting for Health Website
If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.