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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. 

If you were rushed to hospital how much would the doctor know about you?

Adding additional information to your Summary Care Record with additional information could be accessed by Hospitals, pharmacies, out of Hours, 111 and Ambulance Services countrywide. This is especially useful when you need unplanned acre or if you are away from your GP practice.

The following information will be included.

  • Your illnesses and health problems
  • Operations and vaccinations you have had in the past
  • How you would like to be treated - such as where you would prefer to receive care
  • What support you might need
  • Who should be contacted for more information about you

If you require any more information, please visit https:// digital.nhs.uk or phone NHS Digital on 0300 303 5678 or speak to your GP Practice. There is a consent form available in Reception at the surgery, to be returned when completed and a member of staff will update your 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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