Summary Care Record (SCR)
There is a 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?
The SCR enables healthcare staff providing care for patients in an emergency and from anywhere in England to be made aware of any current medications or allergies the patient may suffer from. This information from every patient record is sent electronically up to the Spine in order for this to happen.
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 patients wish their information to be withheld from the SCR, they can "opt out". Please download the SCR Opt-out Form: SCR Opt-Out Form or access systems.hscic.gov.uk/scr/library/optout.pdf
More Useful Information
For further information visit the NHS Care records website at https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/about-the-nhs/your-health-records/