What does this information contain?
This is to let you know about changes in the way we in the NHS store your health records.
It tells you about something new – the Emergency Care Summary – which all patients in Scotland will soon have, and the benefits this will bring.
It explains how, in the future, all your health records will be stored and linked electronically, and why that will be good for your health care.
It’s happening now
All patients in Scotland have, or will soon have, something called an Emergency Care Summary.
What is an Emergency Care Summary?
This is a summary of basic information about your health which might be important if you need urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed, or when you go to an accident and emergency department. It means that all NHS staff looking after you can get important information about your health, even if they cannot contact your GP surgery. Please go to Emergency Care Summary for further information.
Your Emergency Care Summary contains the following information.
- Your name
- Your date of birth
- The name of your GP surgery
- An identifying number called a CHI number (there is more about the CHI number later)
- Information about any medicines prescribed by your GP surgery
- Any bad reactions you’ve had to medicines that your GP knows about
Your Emergency Care Summary is copied from your GP’s computer system and stored electronically. NHS staff can then find it quickly if they need to see it.
Who can look at my Emergency Care Summary?
NHS staff can look at your Emergency Care Summary on computer if they need to treat you when your GP surgery is closed. They must ask you if you agree to this before they look at your information.
- If you agree, only the staff listed here will be able to look at your Emergency Care Summary.
- Doctors, nurses and receptionists in out-of-hours medical centres.
- Staff at NHS 24 who are involved in your care.
- Staff in hospital accident and emergency departments.
- In the future, ambulance staff may also be able to look at your Emergency Care Summary.
- If you are unconscious, NHS staff may look at your Emergency Care Summary without your agreement. This is so they can give you the best possible care.
How do I know that the information in my Emergency Care Summary is secure?
- The NHS stores your Emergency Care Summary electronically using the highest standards of security.
- Only NHS staff directly involved in your medical care will be allowed to look at your Emergency Care Summary.
- NHS staff can only look at your Emergency Care Summary if they have a password that allows them to.
- A record will be kept of everyone who has looked at your Emergency Care Summary.
- Your GP surgery will be able to check who has looked at your record if you want them to.
What if I’m not sure that I want an Emergency Care Summary?
- If you don’t want an Emergency Care Summary to be made for you, tell your GP surgery.
- Don’t forget that if you do have an Emergency Care Summary, you will be asked if staff can look at it every time they need to.
You don’t have to agree to this.
Can I see my Emergency Care Summary?
- If you would like to see your Emergency Care Summary, ask your GP to print it out for you to have a look at.
- If you think anything is wrong, ask for it to be changed.