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Summary Care Records

What is the Summary Care Record?

The NHS in England is using an electronic record called the Summary Care Record to support patient care. The Summary Care Record (SCR) is a secure, electronic patient record that contains key information derived from patients’ detailed GP records. It is accessed in emergency and unplanned care scenarios, where such information would otherwise be unavailable.

About your Summary Care Record

Your Summary Care Record contains important information about any medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced.

Allowing authorised healthcare staff to have access to this information will improve decision making by doctors and other healthcare professionals and has prevented mistakes being made when patients are being cared for in an emergency or when their GP practice is closed.

Other information such as significant medical history, care plans, patient wishes or preferences (and other relevant information) can be added with the consent of the patient.

Your Summary Care Record also includes your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS Number to help identify you correctly.

Healthcare staff will have access to this information, so that they can provide safer care, whenever or wherever you need it, anywhere in England.

 It is not compulsory to have a Summary Care Record. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.

Please click on the links below to find out more about Summary Care Records, how your information will be used and what decisions you need to make.

Letter to patients

Factsheet

Additional Information Leaflet

Opt out form

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