Oxfordshire Care Summary

Oxfordshire Care SummaryWhat is the Oxfordshire Care Summary?

From March 2013, clinicians across Oxfordshire have been able to access the Oxfordshire Care Summary. The Oxfordshire Care Summary is a single electronic view of specific, up-to-date, clinical information from your GP record and other records which may be kept to support your care in NHS organisations in Oxfordshire. You will already have been asked for consent to share these pieces of information. The information will be used to ensure you get the safest treatment as quickly as possible.

What will be available to appropriate care staff:

  • Any significant diagnoses you may have
  • Information on the medications you have been prescribed by your GP or by the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on discharge
  • Allergies and adverse reactions
  • Information on tests and investigations carried out by your GP
  • Information on attendances or appointments at the John Radcliffe or Horton hospitals
  • Discharge summaries from the Oxford Universities Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Other documents such as care plans may also be available, but these will be agreed with you before they are shared

What won’t be available:

  • Information about conversations you have had with your GP or
  • Information on sensitive subjects such as sexual health.

What’s being said about the Oxfordshire Care Summary

“It is hard to imagine the paucity of data with which hospital clinicians sometimes have to work – in extreme circumstances, no notes, no old letters, no blood results, no list of medication.  Just a patient who says ‘I’m not sure why I’m here.”

Gary Tan, Diabetic Consultant

“This is arguably the most important IT project in the County”

 Oxfordshire General Practitioner

“I can see far more of the patients hospital data which has been vitally important in my newly registered patients who have joined me but are in area e.g. a new advanced cancer patient without a diagnosis where I desperately needed up to date information on her imaging and biopsy results to plan her care”

Oxfordshire General Practitioner

Which Clinicians will be able to have Access to my Oxfordshire Care Summary?

Since launching in 2013 to a small group of users, we have extended access to any registered healthcare professional in Oxfordshire. New users must apply for access to the Oxfordshire Care Summary, and this application will be subject to a two-layer approval and authorisation process. Clinicians who look at your Oxfordshire Care Summary will ask your permission to view it before they do so, unless there is no time or opportunity to do so, such as in the case of an emergency.

How will I know if I have an Oxfordshire Care Summary?

In March 2012, you will have received a letter informing you about the  local Oxfordshire Care Summary and the national Summary Care Record, and offering you the chance to opt out of both.  If you didn’t opt out, and you are registered with an Oxfordshire GP, then you should have an Oxfordshire Care Summary.  New patients will have received the information when they registered.

What if I don’t want an Oxfordshire Care Summary?

Please contact your GP.  They can add a code onto your record which will prevent an Oxfordshire Care Summary being available in the future.

If you have any further questions please email: oxfordshire.caresummary@nhs.net