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 the GP practice is closed.
Your Summary Care Record also includes your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS number to help identify you correctly. You may want to add other details about your Summary Care Record. This will only happen if you and your GP agree to do this.
How do Summary Care Records help me?
This means that healthcare staff can provide safer care, whenever or wherever you need it, anywhere in England, as they can reference key information that otherwise would not be available.
Who can see it?
Only healthcare staff directly involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. They need to have an NHS smartcard with a chip and passcode and will only see information they need to do thier job.
What are my choices?
You can choose to have an SCR or you can choose to opt out. If you choose to have a Summary Care Record and are registered with a GP practice, you do not need to do anything as a SCR is created for you.
If you choose to opt out of having a SCR and do not want a SCR, you will need to let us know by filling in and returning an opt-out form. Opt out forms are available from reception or online at:
Children and the Summary Care Record
If you are a parent or guardian of a child under 16, you should make this information available to them and support them to come to a decision as to whether to have a Summary Care Record or not.