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Will you allow your medical records into the NHS Database?

NHS opt out medical records

Yesterday I received a slightly scary looking letter from Lewisham NHS primary care trust. It asks whether I will be happy to allow my basic medical information (the “Summary Care Record”) to be uploaded into the Spine- the massive NHS IT project to centralise medical records.

I’m really not sure what to do about this. If any of you are doctors or work the medical profession, what are you advising people to do?

On the one hand, if I fall Ill somewhere in the UK, it would be useful for a doctor to be able to quickly get to my data. On the other hand, I’m very concerned that data can be easily re-sold to private companies in the future (who knows what could happen?) and I don’t want insurance companies to be able to sell my details between themselves.

Also my wife didn’t receive a letter, even though we’re both registered at the same surgery, and live at the same address…

I’m really in a quandry. Please advise!

UPDATE: Her letter came the next day.  To opt out, you have to print this PDF form out, and return it to your GP’s surgery.

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Baby clinic shut down


Above is a map. The upper pin shows the (excellent) Lee Road NHS GP Surgery in Blackheath. The lower pin shows Lee Health Centre, where you will now have to go if you want to see a health visitor or clinic nurse, because Lewisham Primary Care Trust have stopped the funding for this at the GP’s surgery.

So compensate for the loss of the Wednesday afternoon clinic, which was usually used by 25-30 people, they’ve added only 1 hour extra to the new centre. So, two minutes per baby! Great!

To add insult to injury, it seems that nobody bothered to tell the GPs. The plan was decided before Christmas, but they were only told about it 2 weeks before the cuts took place.

So they have written a leaflet, explaining this to their patients. It’s surprisingly angry. It even goes as far as naming the people responsible:
Letter from Blackheath GPs about baby clinic shut down

So, if you think that this is unacceptable, maybe you could email the following people:

Fiona Howell fiona.howell@lewishampct.nhs.uk
Health Visiting Manager, Lewisham PCT

Beulah Lewis beulah.lewis@lewishampct.nhs.uk
Children’s Services Manager, Kaleidoscope Lewisham Centre for Children and Young People.

Jane Shepherd jane.shepherd@lewishampct.nhs.uk
Director of Provider Services, Lewisham PCT.

Here’s a suggested email:

jane.shepherd@lewishampct.nhs.uk
beulah.lewis@lewishampct.nhs.uk
fiona.howell@lewishampct.nhs.uk

Sublject: Please reinstate baby clinics at Blackheath Lee Road Surgery.

Dear All,

I’m writing to you, to urge you not to reduce the health vistor and clinic nurses available in the Lee Road Surgery, in Blackheath. These services have been working well in their present form since 1989, and to remove them makes it harder for anyone with a child under 5 who uses the surgery.

Please reinstate this vital service.

Yours faithfully,

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