Record Sharing Initiatives

MIG - Medical Interoperability Gateway

This is a new local method of sharing clinical data, that allows access to a patient’s medical records by other health providers in the local area, such as Derriford Hospital and Out of Hours GP’s.  Unlike the Summary Care Record which allows only a very small amount of data to be shared, the MIG concept would mean that a greater variety of relevant information would be visible to the clinician.  This information would include a summary of diagnoses, medical conditions and operations, allergies and sensitivities, prescribed medications and results of investigations such as blood tests and blood pressure.  There would also be details of referrals for further care, along with hospital admissions and discharge information.

It is important that you are aware that none of this information can be stored or held in any format.  It is visible to the clinician at the time, but will remain under the control of the practice and cannot be transferred or altered by third parties.  A patient would be asked to consent to this information being made available during a consultation and that consent would be valid for that consultation only.

This system of sharing information locally is already in operation elsewhere in England and in fact all of Cornwall have adopted the scheme as well as half the practices in Devon.  Sharing information in this way has huge clinical benefits and indeed initial feedback from clinicians is very positive in terms of avoiding unnecessary investigations and prescribing errors.  The system itself has been designed with the patient’s welfare in mind and aims to improve the quality of the care they receive.

However, if for any reason a patient does not wish to be involved in this record sharing initiative, they can opt out.  If you decide that you wish to opt out, please inform the surgery who will provide you with a form to complete.  Alternatively, you can download and print out the form below and simply post it to the surgery or hand it in to reception.


Fair Processing (Privacy) Notice

MIG - further information leaflet

Patient Opt Out Form

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

Patient Opt Out Form

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