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. They are accessible to authorised healthcare staff in A&E departments throughout England and can support better, safer prescribing of medication for patients by providing up to date information on your allergies, previous adverse reactions and medications. Patient care can be supported by healthcare staff having faster access to their medical information and patients may not be required to repeat information to different NHS staff treating them. Before your Summary Care Records are accessed, you will be asked for your permission except in the case of an emergency where you can not give permission, for example, if you are unconscious. If they do this, they will make a permanent note on their computer system to say why they have done so.
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 would like a Summary Care Record then no action is needed as it will happen automatically. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and hand it in to a member of the surgery reception team. You can use the form at the foot of this page.
Statement of Intent
Over 60% of GP surgeries in England have already implemented this and 64% of patients nationally now have a Summary care Record.
We are working with our local IT Projects team to enable Summary Care Records and we will do so by March 2015.
This practice has been given a Summary Care Record upload date of Tuesday 13th January 2015.
For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website