The Isle of Man is committed to providing the best care for patients, not only in Primary Care but across the board. To this end, there are electronic ways that the information held by your GP could be viewed by other Health Services. This is known as the Manx Emergency Care Record (MECR), and is a record of basic information about your health, already held on various health services computer records.
MECR enables hospital doctors or MEDS doctors to access such information such as your name, date of birth, address, GP name and practice details, NHS number, information about any prescribed medication you take and also any adverse drug reactions or allergies that are know about you. It does not give access to such things as GP consultation notes etc. Information will only be accessed with your permission, unless you are unable to give consent due to injury or lack of consciousness etc.
A leaflet outlining full details about MECR is available from reception, including how to “Opt Out”. Unless you “Opt Out” it will be deemed that you have given authorisation for MECR to hold details about you. If you “Opt Out” you may always “Opt In” at a later date.