Summary Care Record
All patients registered with a GP have a Summary Care Record (SCR), unless they have chosen not to have one. The information held in your SCR gives health and care professionals, away from our GP Practice, access to information to provide you with safer care, reduce the risk of prescribing errors and improve your patient experience.
Your Summary Care Record contains basic information about allergies and medications and any reactions that you have had to medication in the past.
Your Summary Care Record will also include your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS Number to help identify you correctly.
Some patients, including many with long-term health conditions, have previously agreed to have Additional Information shared as part of their Summary Care Record. This Additional Information includes information about significant medical history (past and present), reasons for medications, care plan information and immunisations.
During the Coronavirus pandemic period, your SCR will automatically have Additional Information included from the GP record unless you have previously told the NHS that you did not want this information to be shared.
There will also be a temporary change to include COVID-19 specific codes in relations to suspected, confirmed, Shielded Patient List and other COVID-19 related information within the Additional Information.
By including this Additional Information in your SCR, health and care staff can give you better care if you need health care away from your usual GP practice:
- in an emergency
- when you're on holiday
- when your surgery is closed
- at out-patient clinics
- when you visit a pharmacy
Click here to view a leaflet containing more information.
Protecting your SCR information
Staff will ask your permission to view your SCR (except in an emergency where you are unconscious, for example) and only staff with the right levels of security clearance can access the system, so your information is secure.
The purpose of SCR is to improve the care that you receive, however, if you don't want to have an SCR you have the option to opt-out. If this is your preference please inform us or fill in an SCR opt-out form and return it to us.
Regardless of your past decisions about your SCR consent preferences, you can change your mind at any time. You can choose any of the following options:
- To have a Summary Care Record with Additional Information shared. This means that authorised, registered and regulated health and care professionals will be able to see a enriched Summary Care Record if they need to provide you with direct care.
- To have a Summary Care Record with core information only. This means that any authorised, registered and regulated health and care professionals will be able to see information about allergies and medications only in your SCR if they need to provide you with direct care.
- To opt-out of having a Summary Care Record altogether. This means that you do not want any information shared with other authorised, registered and regulated health and care professionals involved in your direct care, including in an emergency.
To make these changes, you should inform us or complete the SCR patient consent preferences form and return it to us.
You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record. You need to let your GP practice know by filling in and returning an opt-out form.