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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. Whoever provides your healthcare keeps their own medical records about you.
These places can often only share information from your records by letter, fax or phone. At times, this can delay information sharing and this can affect decision making and slow down treatment.

About your Summary Care Record (SCR)

Your SCR 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.

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

Who can see my Summary Care Record?

Healthcare staff that have access to your SCR:

  • need to be directly involved in caring for you
  • need to have an NHS Smartcard with a chip and pass code
  • will only see the information they need to do their job and
  • will have their details recorded every time they look at your record

Healthcare staff will ask for your permission every time they need to look at your SCR. If they cannot ask you (for example if you are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate), healthcare staff may look at your record without asking you, because they consider that this is in your best interest.
If they have to do this, this decision will be recorded and checked to ensure that the access was appropriate.

You can choose to have a Summary Care Record or you can choose to opt out.

If you choose to have a SCR and as you are registered with us, you do not need to do anything as a SCR is created for you.

If you choose to opt out of having a Summary Care Record please either complete our online Opt-out Form or print the form below, complete and return it to the surgery, or complete the form below.

Please note: If you have already completed an opt-out form in the past then you do not need to complete a new one, all the relevant codes etc would have been entered onto your medical record to ensure your SCR is not uploaded or accessible by anyone else other than appropriate staff at the practice.