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Sharing Your Data

The following types of data sharing are explained on this page, with links for further information:

1. Cheshire Health Record 

2. Summary Care Record

3. Care Data

4. National Diabetes Audit

1. Cheshire Health RecordCheshire Health Record

The Cheshire Health Record is a system designed to enable authorised doctors, nurses and other trained healthcare professionals to access a summary of your GP patient record. This could happen in hospital or unplanned care settings such as A&E or Out of Hours centres. The system will provide essential medical information which can be used to make informed clinical decisions about the treatment provided to you.

What Information will be shared?

Authorised healthcare professionals will be able to view information in your Cheshire Health Record. This may include access to:

  • Active and significant past problems, including the date of your last review
  • Acute and repeat medication
  • Drug allergies (such as penicillin)
  • Non-drug allergies (such as peanuts)
  • The most recent activity and contacts added to your record
  • Other organisations involved in your care

Why is it needed and what are the benefits?

Modern healthcare is tailored to the needs of the patient. Before prescribing a course of treatment your healthcare professionals need to understand your medical history. The information in your Cheshire Health Record will help to prevent possible adverse reactions and allow for safer, more efficient healthcare.

At present the transfer of relevant patient information between healthcare services is a lengthy and complicated process. This system shares information in an electronic format which is secure, private and fast.


Your Cheshire Health Record conforms to very strict governance and security policies.
It is only viewed at the point of treatment.
Only authorised healthcare professionals can view your record.
All records viewed are recorded with who has accessed the record and when. 

Your Choice

If you do not want to share your Cheshire Health Record there are two options available to you:

Tell your GP that you wish to opt out completely, so no-one apart from your GP can see your record even in a medical emergency


At the point of treatment you can refuse the health professional access to your record. This means the healthcare professional providing your care will not be able to view a summary of your record.
If you are unconscious or too unwell to give your permission the system will allow the healthcare professionals to view your record.

This will only occur in the case of a medical emergency.


For more information, please Click Here

2. Summary Care Record

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.


Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. 


How do I know if I have one?

Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website

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3.  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, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.

This allows these 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.

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

if however, 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.


More information can be found at the links below:

4. National Diabetes Audit

This GP Practice is taking part in an important national project about people at risk of diabetes and diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA).

If you have diabetes non-diabetic hyperglycaemia, impaired glucose tolerance or pre-diabetes, your GP Practice will share information about your diabetes care and treatment with the NDA. The type of information, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security.

Taking part in the NDA shows that this GP Practice is committed to reducing diabetes and improving care for people with diabetes.

For further information about how your data is used, please click here.

If you do not want your information to be used, please inform the receptionist, your GP or nurse. This will not affect your care.

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