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7:00am Wednesday 15th February 2012 in
* By Katie Bond »
A SWINDON GP has spoken out about the changes being made to patients’ medical records.
A new central NHS computer system is being gradually introduced across the country called the Summary Care Record, which is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses obtain information about patients when you contact or see them when the surgery is closed.
Initially, it will contain just medications and allergies but as it develops, many other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access your data and the record will be expanded to include information from hospital clinics, out of hours services as well as specialists’ letters.
The Department of Health believes that everyone should be assumed to be happy to have their medical data uploaded to this database and be required to opt out formally if not.
But Dr Peter Swinyard, who is based at Phoenix Surgery in Toothill and is the chairman of the Family Doctor Association, said he believed many patients did not want a Summary Care Record.
He said: “In my practice we have an opt-in policy – only seven have opted in.