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Data Sharing

Below is an overview of the data sharing schemes the practice is involved in:




Pro-active care management

Pro-active care management, known as risk stratification, is a process that helps your family doctor (GP)  to help you manage your health.

By using selected information from your health records, a secure NHS computer system will look at any recent treatments you have

had in hospital or at your GP’s surgery along with any existing health conditions that you may have. This may alert your doctor to the likelihood of a possible deterioration in your health. The clinical team at the surgery will use the information to help you get early care and treatment where it is needed. The information will only be seen by qualified health workers involved in your long term care. NHS security systems will protect your health information and patient confidentiality at all times.


Right to opt out

Patients have a right to opt out of their information being used for pro-active care management. For more information and/or to opt out please speak to your GP.





What is the Leeds Care Record?

At the moment, every health and social care organisation holds a different set of records about you. Information in different records may be

duplicated or incomplete.

Leeds Care Record is a confidential computer record that will over time include a range of health and social care information to help improve the care you receive directly.

If you live in Leeds, a Leeds Care Record will be created for you automatically. Records will be held on a secure computer system and will include key health and social care information about you. The information is compiled from medical records you may have, like GP

records, hospital records and social care records, to form one complete care record.


What kind of information will be shared?

  • List of diagnosed conditions – so health or social care professionals have a complete record of your care
  • Medications – so everyone treating you knows what medicines you’ve been prescribed
  • Allergies – to make sure you aren’t given medicine that might give you an adverse reaction
  • Test results – to speed up your treatment and care
  • Referrals, clinic letters and discharge information – to make sure the people caring for you have all the information they need about other treatment you’re having elsewhere
  • Address and telephone number – your up to date contact details


Why do you need to share my information?

The Leeds Care Record will provide health and social care professionals directly involved in your care access to the most up to date  information about you. Information is already shared by phone and paper records and the Leeds Care Record will allow this to happen more efficiently. It does this by sharing appropriate information from your medical and care records between health and social care services in Leeds.


Can I opt out?

Yes you can choose not to have a Leeds Care Record. It is your choice but sharing your medical and social care information through a Leeds Care Record will make it easier to provide the best quality care and support for you now and in the future.





What is Patient Online?

With Patient Online you can access GP services from your computer, tablet or mobile phone, as well as through your local GP practice to:

  • Book GP appointments online
  • View a summary of your health records online
  • Renew prescriptions online


What is the benefit of Patient Online?

Online services will allow you to book and cancel appointments or request repeat prescriptions at a time that is convenient to you – day or night. It will help you to take greater control of your health and wellbeing by increasing online access to services. Evidence shows that patients who are informed and involved in their own care have better health outcomes and are less likely to be admitted to hospital.


How can I get access to my GP Record?

You will need to fill in a short form and bring proof of your identity into the GP surgery so that we can provide you with logon details and with a password.




Summary Care Records

The Summary Care Record aims to further improve the safety and quality of patient care. It is an electronic record that gives healthcare staff faster, easier access to essential information about you anywhere in the country, so that you can be given safe treatment during an emergency or when your GP surgery is closed.


A Summary Care Record is an electronic record, it does not contain detailed information about your medical history, but important health information, such as:

  • if you’re taking any prescription medication
  • if you have any allergies
  • if you’ve previously had a bad reaction to any medication

Access to your Summary Care Record is strictly controlled. Only healthcare staff who are directly involved in your care can see your

records using a special smartcard and access number (like a chip and pin credit card). Staff will ask your permission every time they

need to look at your record and if they can’t for example because you’re unconscious, then they may look at your record without asking you. However, they must note this on your record.


Do I have to have a Summary Care Record?

If you live in Leeds a Summary Care Record has already been created for you and patients are already seeing the benefits. Your GP will have informed you at the time by letter which contained details about your choices and how to opt out of the scheme. If you opted out, you can re-join the scheme at any time.

More information about Summary Care Records including ‘how to opt-out’ is available at:


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