Summary Care Record


The NHS Summary Care Record was introduced many years ago to help deliver better and safer care; it contains basic information about:

  •  Any allergies you may have
  •  Unexpected reactions to medications, and
  •  Any prescriptions you have recently received.

Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

The intention of the SCR is to help clinicians in Hospital A&E Departments and GP ‘Out of Hours’ health services to give you safe, timely and effective treatment. Clinicians are only allowed to access your SCR record if they are authorised to do so and, even then, only if you give your express permission. You will be asked if healthcare staff can look at your Summary Care Record every time they need to, unless it is an emergency, for instance if you are unconscious. You can refuse if you think access is unnecessary


Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. You will be asked for your information sharing choices when you join the surgery and you can change these at any time by completing a copy of this form Patient Information Sharing Choices and sending it to us at the surgery.


More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website.