What is GP Summary Information sharing?
If you require emergency or hospital treatment, it’s important for the healthcare staff looking after you to have access to up-to-date information about your health and treatment. In some cases patients with serious chronic conditions, including severe lung or heart disease, or cancer, will have agreed to a ‘Key Information Summary’ being made available by their GP to anyone treating them. This would contain important and relevant information for any health emergencies.
However, you may not be aware that important health information which would help in your treatment may not be available to healthcare staff out-with your GP Practice e.g. staff working in hospitals and Emergency Departments.
This is why NHS Forth Valley has made arrangements with local GP practices which enables relevant healthcare staff who provide hospital or emergency treatment access to a summary of important health information contained in your GP health record.
- Download our GP Summary Information Sharing Leaflet.
Who will be able to access my information?
Only authorised healthcare staff who are directly involved in supporting or providing your care will have access to this information. This includes GPs working in Out-of-Hours centres, doctors working in hospitals, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, District Nurses and Health Visitors.
Access to this information is strictly controlled and healthcare staff will only see the information they need to provide quick, safe and effective care.
What information is available in the GP Summary?
- Medicines you take
- Any allergies you have
- Any important diagnoses you have (for example significant conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart, lung, or kidney disease, or arthritis), operations you may have had, or generally any condition which would be important to know about when treating you
- Recent status of your health such as height, weight, blood pressure and smoking status
What information is not included in the GP Summary?
Information about gender related issues, termination of pregnancy, assisted fertilisation, sexually transmitted disease and alcohol consumption will not be shared.
A full list of information that will not be shared can be downloaded here.
Is there anything I need to do?
No, if you are happy for this important information to be made available in the appropriate circumstances to support your medical care, you don’t need to do anything
Can I opt-out?
If you do not want your GP Summary information to be shared with relevant NHS Forth Valley healthcare staff you can opt-out at any time by asking your GP practice manager or reception desk in person to opt out or download this opt-out form, complete it and hand it into your General Practice.
What does it mean if I opt-out of sharing my GP Summary information?
NHS healthcare staff caring for you may not be aware of your previous medical history in order to treat you safely and effectively in an emergency situation where access to this information may be limited or time-consuming to collate.
Is GP Summary sharing the same as SPIRE information sharing?
No. SPIRE (Scottish Primary Care Information Resource) is a service that has been developed to help GPs, the NHS in Scotland and researchers learn from patient information held within GP practices. SPIRE information is not available for use by healthcare staff that will directly provide care to you.
Further information on SPIRE can be found at http://www.spire.scot.nhs.uk/
Do you have more questions or concerns?
Phone: Patient Relations Team on 01324 566660