Each time you engage with an NHS service in the UK, be it with a GP, a hospital or a dental practice, a record is made of that engagement. This record will include information such as:
- treatments issued to you
- treatments you are already taking
- medical conditions
- information on medicines that might cause you to have a reaction
- test and scan results
- notes made by your doctor
- hospital reports
- or personal data such as your name and address
Ideally, a doctor or healthcare professional should be able to access this information when you consult with them, so that they can make an informed decision when giving you advice, or issuing treatment.
Summary Care Record (SCR)
Recently, the NHS has developed an electronic system called the Summary Care Record (SCR) which stores this information. It enables this information to be shared more efficiently between different practices and hospitals, so that doctors can be better informed about the patients they are treating. A Summary Care Record includes information such as your:
- date of birth
- current medicines
- and details on any medicines you can’t take
It is now possible to access and download your Summary Care Record yourself. You can find more information on how to do this on this page: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/thenhs/records/healthrecords/Pages/overview.aspx
At Treated.com, our consultation system now enables patients to upload their Summary Care Record to their personal profile. This data is kept secure, and handled in accordance with data protection regulations.
To ensure that our doctors and prescribers provide the best possible treatment, we encourage all patients using our service to download their Summary Care Record and upload it to their Treated.com patient profile prior to consultation. This provides an added layer of safety to the treatment and advice you receive from our clinicians.
We would also encourage all patients to share any information on treatment they have received from Treated.com with their regular GP or primary care physician. Once more, this helps to make sure that the doctors you consult with are kept informed about the treatment you have received, and will help to instruct any decisions they have to make regarding your treatment in future.
If you need any further information regarding sharing your health records with Treated.com, please feel free to get in touch with our customer service team.