Having this information stored in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency.
Who is my data shared with and why?
The National Care Record Service (NCRS) for sharing important summary clinical data nationwide for emergency direct care purposes. For example, if you were admitted to hospital in a different part of the country this record would enable the doctors to see vital information about your care.
What is shared?
Medication, Allergies, Drug reactions, optionally specific Read coded entries (called rich SCR).
How is the data shared?
Access is restricted to NHS Smartcard holders in Hospitals, Out of Hours Services and GPs.
How is consent given?
Implied consent with patient opt out via Read Code and requirement to explicitly opt in for Rich SCR.