GP records include information about your medication, allergies, vaccinations, previous illnesses and test results, hospital discharge summaries, appointment letters and referral letters.
You can access your GP records, and nominate someone you trust to access them, through GP online services.
Visit GP online services (opens in a new window).
Your Summary Care Record
The SCR is an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records. It can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the patient's direct care. It is a short summary of your GP medical records. It tells other health and care staff who care for you about the medicines you take and your allergies. This means they can give you better care if you need health care away from your usual doctor's surgery.
If you do not want to have a Summary Care Record you must complete an opt out form and return it to the practice
Accessing someone else's records
Health and care records are confidential so you can only access someone else's records if you’re authorised to do so.
More information on accessing someone else’s records (opens in a new window).
Your Care Connected
BG Health is part of Your Care Connected; a new electronic system which will allow doctors, nurses and other registered healthcare professionals to view relevant information from a patient’s GP record, with the patient’s consent, to provide better, safer carewithin the WestMidlands.
Sharing your Information for Analysis
Information about your health and care helps the NHS to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.
NHS Digital has a legal responsibility to collect data about NHS and social care services.
The NHS can’t analyse all information on its own, so we safely and securely share some with researchers, analysts and organisations who are experts in making sense of complex information. We only share what’s needed for each piece of research, and wherever possible, information is removed so that you can’t be identified.
You can choose not to have information about you shared or used for any purpose beyond providing your own treatment or care.
Managing your data choice
From 25 May 2018 you can choose to stop your confidential patient information being used for purposes other than your own care and treatment. This choice is known as a national data opt-out. If you choose to opt out, NHS Digital will apply your opt-out from 25 May 2018. All other health and social care organisations are required to apply your opt-out by March 2020. Find out more about the national data opt-out.
If you have previously registered an opt-out with your GP practice to request that NHS Digital does not use your confidential patient information (other than for your individual care and treatment), this will have automatically been converted to a national data opt-out on 25 May 2018. Find out more about this conversion.