I want to opt out of having a Summary Care Record
Dr. Peter Short explains how patients can opt out of having a Summary Care Record.
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It's easy to opt out of having a Summary Care Record.
You can do this by filling in a copy of the opt out form (PDF, 245.9kB) and handing it to your GP practice.
This is the only way you can opt out of having a Summary Care Record. You cannot opt out by email or on the web because your GP practice needs to know that it’s you opting out (and not someone else who might try to opt out for you).
What if I change my mind about opting out?
If you choose to opt out of having a Summary Care Record, and then change your mind later, we can still make one for you. You just need to let your GP practice know.
Also, if you choose to opt out of having a Summary Care Record after it has been made, we will hide your record so that it can no longer be viewed by NHS healthcare staff. We will only make your record available again if those who want to see it, ask to do so in writing and if an investigation has found it necessary, for example if there is a complaint about your treatment.
You can ask to have your record deleted. However, this may not be possible if the record has already been used to give you care.
Whatever you decide and when, the NHS will always give you the best possible care.