Summary Care Record

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.

Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.

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So the Summary Care Record is designed to be the essential thing you need to know if you are turning up as a patient somewhere that you haven’t been seen before.
So that may be a GP out-of-hours, it may be an emergency department or just after you have been admitted it would be very helpful for a pharmacist for example to understand the core essential information about you.
At the moment the minimum information is your medications, your allergies and your adverse reactions.
So what medicines you are on and what has gone wrong and what things should we not prescribe to you as clinicians.
There is then an option in conjunction with your GP if you would like, to add other information which might be what is wrong with me at the moment or for people at the end of their lives to add the care plan the expectation of health providers if they are taken profoundly unwell. Patients have really demanded this. It is for a small group of patients potentially.
It could be for everybody but in whom it is really helpful to have a health service better understand them when they unexpectedly come in.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. 

How do I know if I have one?

Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website

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