The NHS is encouraging people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to share more information about their health and preferences to help doctors and nurses treat them.
Why you should consent to an ‘Enhanced Summary Care Record’
Consenting to an ‘Enhanced Summary Care Record’ means you can receive better, quicker care if you need to access healthcare away from your usual GP surgery, such as in an emergency, on holiday, when their normal surgery is closed, at hospital clinics, and when visiting a pharmacy.
What you have already…
Most people in England already have a ‘core’ Summary Care Record which only makes limited information from a patient’s GP record available to other health professionals, such as current medications, allergies, and bad reactions to medicines.
What’s so special about an ‘Enhanced Summary Care Record’?
An ‘Enhanced Summary Care Record’ can also include details of illnesses and health problems, past operations and vaccinations, treatment preferences, information about the kind of support needed, and who should be contacted if more information is required.
Download the form now
A form to provide consent for an ‘Enhanced Summary Care Record’ can be downloaded online. The form should be returned to your GP practice.
The information will be managed securely in line with the NHS Care Records Guarantee. The Record will only be accessed by doctors and nurses if consent is provided by the patient, unless they are unconscious or unable to communicate and they believe that accessing the record is in the patient’s best interest.
For more information click here or speak to your GP Practice.