Your Summary Care Record (SCR)
The NHS in England uses a national electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR) to support patient care. It contains key information from your GP record. Your SCR provides authorised healthcare staff with faster, secure access to essential information about you in an emergency or when you need unplanned care, where such information would otherwise be unavailable.
Summary Care Records are there to improve the safety and quality of your care. SCR core information comprises your allergies, adverse reactions and medications.
An SCR with additional information can also include reason for medication, vaccinations, significant diagnoses / problems, significant procedures, anticipatory care information and end of life care information.
Additional information can only be added to your SCR with your agreement other than in particular circumstances required by law, such as a public health emergency like an outbreak of a pandemic disease.
You will need to advise the Surgery to include Additional Information in your SCR.
SCRs improve care, but if you don’t want to have one you can opt-out.
However, be aware that if you choose to opt-out of SCR or do not include your additional information, NHS healthcare staff caring for you outside of this surgery may not be aware of your current medications, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had, in order to treat you safely in an emergency.
If you wish to opt-out of having an SCR please complete an opt-out form and return it to the practice.
Further information about your SCR and how to opt-out can be found at Summary Care Records Patient Information