We are able to hold your home number, mobile number, and email address. By giving these details to us, you consent to us using them to contact you by phone, email or SMS. Please ensure these details are kept up to date, particularly for teenagers and young people who may have the contact details for their parent or carer on their record.
If you wish to opt out of text messaging, please complete the Text message opt out form and return it to us, this can also be picked up from reception.
Summary Care Record (SCR)
What is a Summary Care Record?
The Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic record containing information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from, and any serious reactions to medicines you have had. Storing this information in one place makes it easier for relevant 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 you. With your consent, additional information can also be added to your record.
Who can see my Summary Care Record?
Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
Do I have to have a Summary Care Record?
No. It is not compulsory for you to have a Summary Care Record. If you wish to opt out, you will need to complete a form and bring it to the surgery.
For further information visit the Summary Care Records information for patients web page.
You are in an accident at the weekend and you don't have a full list of your medication or allergies. The A&E department ask for your consent to check this information on the SCR.
Confidentiality & Medical Records
The practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:
- To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses, hospital services.
- To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
- When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases, or for the prevention and detection of crime
Anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health plan services e.g. for diabetic care.
If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such away, please let us know. Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.
Freedom of Information
Information about the General Practitioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made to the practice manager.
Access to records
In accordance with the Data Protection Act of 1998 and access to health records act, patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made through the secretaries and may be subject to administration charge. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.
The GP refers you to the Cardiology department. Within the referral letter are your significant medical problems, your allergies, your medications and your recent consultation with the GP. The Consultant is able to use this information to ensure they are treating you safely.
Selsey Medical Practice actively supports clinical research studies within primary care. The NHS Constitution states that Research is a core function of the NHS. Clinical Research is a major driver of innovation and central to NHS practice for maintaining and developing high standards of patient care.
Ultimately, clinical research means patients get access to new treatments, interventions and medicines. Investment in research means better, more cost effective care for patients.
National Institute for Health Research
In 2006 the Department of Health set up The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to improve the health and wealth of the nation through Research.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) was introduced to provide the infrastructure to the NHS to allow high quality research to be set up and delivered efficiently and effectively. To find out more about the work of the NIHR Clinical Research Network go to www.crn.nihr.ac.uk
What is Primary Care Research?
The CRN Primary Care speciality works in collaboration with researchers and primary care practitioners such as GP’s, practice nurses, pharmacists and dentists to promote the successful delivery of research studies in the NHS. A wide range of research studies are supported which look at:
- Promoting a healthier lifestyle
- Disease diagnosis and prevention
- Management of long-term illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension
- Prevention of future ill-health
- Treating common conditions such as tonsillitis or influenza
What are the benefits of GP practices taking part in Research?
- It offers patients access to new treatments
- It brings new dimension to practice and added skills to those involved
- It provides national gold standard training for research
- It offers mentorship and support to those involved in research within practice
How can you help and take part at Selsey medical Practice?
There are many various ways a patient can become involved in studies:
- A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating
- You may be sent information through the post if we feel you may be a suitable participant
- You may read information about a current study in the patient waiting room or on the surgery website and wish to take part by contacting your GP or the Research Nurse.
You are under no obligation to participate in any research project. Your care and your relationship with your doctor or nurse will not be affected in any way if you decided not to take part in a research study. You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain further details about a study. If you do agree to take part in a study you will be asked to sign a consent form. This will clearly state which parts of your notes (if any) may be looked at for the purposes of the research study. Nobody from outside this practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent.
Please note: the funding for our research activity is via the CRN so does not come out of the practice's own budget and therefore does not affect our patients' services. All clinical research carried out at Selsey Medical Practice is thoroughly checked and approved by ethical committees thus ensuring it is appropriate and safe to perform. Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn by yourself at any time without any explanation required.
This project is no longer running.
If you have any concerns about who has access to your medical information, or questions about sharing information with other agencies, please contact the practice.