NHS and social care services share information from health and care records with each other to provide you with care and treatment. This means that they have the latest information about you, which helps them understand your needs and make the best decisions about your care. It also means that you do not have to provide the same information to each person that you see, or remember details, such as your medications.

Health and care staff who are directly involved in your care and treatment use these shared care records to carry out their roles..

In Dorset and Hampshire/Isle of Wight, health and care services are working together to enable records to be shared between services in these areas to help give people the best possible care and treatment. 

You have the right to object to your records being shared.

You can see an example of how records can be shared to provide care and treatment in this animation.

A summary of the information from your GP record is kept in a national Summary Care Record (SCR). This means that in an emergency, if you are taken to hospital, or are unable to visit your own GP, the people who are treating you can see this important information about you. You have the right to object to your Summary Care Record being shared by contacting your GP surgery.

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