Care Data

How information about you helps us to provide better care

Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.

This information, along with your postcode and NHS number (but not your name), is sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.

This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.

You have a choice... If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.

If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or ask at reception for a copy of the leaflet "How information about you helps us to provide better care".

More information can be found here

Care data patient information leaflet (PDF, 336KB)

Care data patient frequently asked questions (PDF, 152KB)

Care data poster (PDF, 218KB)

Improving your care through the appropriate sharing of information

Current Arrangements

Whenever you visit your surgery during normal working hours, the doctor you see has access to your full medical history.

However, if you require medical attention elsewhere - in a hospital, community service or by the GP 'out of hours' service - they have no access to your medical history.

A Safer Future

It is only recently that technology has been put in place which allows your medical records to be viewed by doctors in your local hospital, community service or 'out of hours' GP service when they see you.

This means that if you need medical attention elsewhere, a doctor or nurse can ask for your permission to see parts of your medical record to help treat you more effectively.

This information will only be accessed by trained staff and only with your consent. We believe that sharing this information will improve the quality of healthcare you receive when you need NHS treatment outside of your GP surgery. However, the choice to share this information is yours.

Please be assured that no one outside of this practice will access your records without your consent - normally each time you are seen. You can choose to say no, either at the time or by telling our staff who will code your record so that it cannot be viewed outside the practice.

This is a local Haringey initiative involving GPs in Haringey, Whittington Health, North Middlesex University Hospital, the Barndoc GP Out of Hours service, Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust and Haringey Council. It is not the same as the national Summary Care Record scheme, and your records will never be shown to any third party organisations.

Further Information

If you have any questions or would like to tell us that you don't want your record shared, please speak to the Practice Manager.

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