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.
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
Summary Care Record with Additional Information (SCR+AI)
The NHS has updated the Summary Care Record in 2019 with the optional addition of including additional information from your electronic patient record. Patients now have the choice of having no Summary Care Record, a basic Summary Care Record, or a Summary Care Record with Additional Information. The additional information part means the addition of some aspects of your existing electronic patient records onto your basic SCR - such as:
- Illnesses and health problems
- Operations and vaccinations history
- Care and support preferences and contact details
For full details and to sign up or opt out of this NHS initiative, download the form below:
Download New Summary Care Record Form