There are several local and national initiatives underway to share your information with other organisations, which you have the option to opt out of. Further information and opt out forms are available within reception and online by typing 'care data'.
The Summary Care Record
This is a national project that the practice signed up to from August 2014.
- Apart from your name, date of birth, NHS number and contact details, your medication, allergies and adverse reactions will be uploaded on to the national system.
- Additional medical information can be uploaded by specific agreement between you and your GP on an individual basis.
- Only authorised health professionals with an NHS smartcard in England and Wales will be able to access this information.
- If a patient decides to opt out after the information is uploaded the information is replaced by the blank record.
- This information will be very helpful to emergency health professionals should you ever fall ill/be injured and are unable to give or remember this information yourself.
- If you opt out, instead of your medical information leaving the practice, a blank page stating you have opted out will be uploaded on to the national system.
The practice sees this initiative as potentially life-saving and has therefore not objected to it.
Hampshire Health Record
Some of our patients have also expressed a wish to have a summary of their health records entered onto the HHR. If you would like to know more about this please click on the link at the bottom left.
Access to Health Records
Patients have the right to apply for access to their medical records. Any request for access must be made in writing to the Practice Manager. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 the practice can charge a fee if copies of the computerised notes are requested.
Same Day Access Service
The practice is involved in the introduction of a Same Day Access Service for patients across participating Fareham practices that will operate from Fareham Community Hospital. Patients contacting Stubbington Medical Practice from 2nd January 2018 onwards requesting an urgent same day contact will be asked to confirm their consent for the service to access their records. This 'legitimate relationship' consent will last for 28 days unless superseded by a subsequent contact.
As a practice we believe these are important choices for our patients and would encourage you to think about if you wish to opt out of any of these initiatives. You can always change your mind later. However, please bear in mind that with some of these initiatives once information is uploaded it may remain outside the practice even if you later decide to opt out. If you have any doubts you may wish to opt out initially.
Your NHS number is unique to you and is the only National Unique Patient Identifier used to help healthcare staff and service providers to match you to your health records. It is an important step in providing you with safer patient care. Everyone registered with the NHS in England has their own NHS number.
Each NHS number is a unique 10-digit number which is printed on your NHS medical registration letter. An example of an NHS number is 450 577 7104.
Some older medical cards include an old style NHS number which consists of both numbers and letters. Although having an old style NHS number will not affect the NHS care provided to you, the old style numbers have now been replaced with the new style format which was first introduced in 1996.
The NHS number is fundamental to the National Programme for IT as the key to unlocking services such as eReferrals, the NHS Care Records Service and the Electronic Prescription Service.
NHS patients do not need to know their NHS number to receive NHS care. However, if you do know your NHS number or can show your medical card when you present to an NHS provider, this can help those treating you to find your record and share them safely with other healthcare professionals providing you with care.
As an added safety measure it is also helpful for you to check correspondence you receive to make sure services are using the right NHS number for you.
Click here to find out more information about NHS numbers.
Fair Processing Notice
Your Personal Information – what you need to know:
In order to support your care, health professionals maintain records about you. We take great care to ensure your information is kept securely, that it is up to date, it is accurate and used appropriately. All of our Practice staff are fully trained to understand their legal and professional obligations to protect your information and will only look at your information if they need to. They will only look at what they need to in order to do things like book you an appointment, give general health advice, provide you with care and if necessary refer you to other services.
Click on the link below to find out more about the information we use and what it is used for: