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.
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.
For further information visit the NHS Care records website
Download the opt out form >>>>
Enhanced Summary Care Record
If you are registered with a GP practice in England you will have a Summary Care Record and therefore will be able to sign up to an Enhanced Summary Care Record, unless you have previously chosen to opt out.
This can include details of illnesses and health problems, past operations and vaccinations, treatment preferences, information about the kind of support needed, and who should be contacted if more information is required.
Staff in hospitals do not routinely have access to individual’s GP medical records. By consenting to an Enhanced Summary Care Record we can all help hospital staff treat us more quickly and effectively. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete the form but it could end up saving your life.
Please encourage your family and friends to sign up too. You can download the consent form here and then return the completed form to the Medical Unit reception.
This can help the staff involved in your care make better and safer decisions about how best to treat you.