Medical records are held on the practice computers. These are linked in turn to the NHS central computers known as ‘The Spine’. These central computers collect basic information about patients’ medical conditions from the records held in the GP surgeries. The purpose of this is so that if you are out of your usual area, such as on holiday, a GP or hospital may (with your permission) access your basic medical records. They cannot be accessed without your permission.
This is an ‘opt out’ system – so everyone’s records will be included automatically. If you do not wish your records to be placed on the ‘Spine’ please ask for a form to fill in which can be obtained from the reception desk.