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Information sharing across Sunderland to support patient care

At the moment, every health organisation holds a different set of records about you. This information may be duplicated or incomplete.

In Sunderland there is a new confidential way of improving the care you receive by allowing health care professionals directly involved in your care to share the information held electronically (on computer) about you in their records.

Information is already shared by phone; email; fax and on paper but the new system allows this to happen quickly; efficiently and more securely, from one place, electronically.

What kind of information will be shared?

· List of illnesses you have

· Medications you take

· Allergies you have

· Test results

· Referrals, clinic letters and discharge information

· Up-to-date contact details

What are the benefits of information sharing?

· Joined-up and safer care

· More time to spend on care

· Less paperwork

· Informed decision making

· You don’t have to repeat details to different professionals.

Can anybody view my shared records?

Only health professionals directly involved in your care will see your health record.

 

How do I know my shared records are secure?

By law, everyone working in, or for, the NHS and social care must respect your privacy and keep your information safe.

Can I Opt out of information sharing

Yes if you want to opt out of local information sharing you can do this, but opting out of information sharing means that your GP cannot share your information with any other healthcare professional. This may have an impact on the level of care you receive.

If you do not wish to share your information contact the surgery and let us know

 

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