What is Summary Care Record?
Your Summary Care Record contains important information about any medicines you are taking, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have previously experienced.
Allowing authorised healthcare staff to have access to this information will improve decision making by doctors and other healthcare professionals and has prevented mistakes being made when patients are being cared for in an emergency or when their GP practice is closed. Your Summary Care Record also includes your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS Number to help identify you correctly.
Who can see my Summary Care Record?
Healthcare staff who have access to your Summary Care Record:
- need to be involved directly in your care
- need to have an NHS Smartcard with a chip and passcode
- will only see the information they need to do their job and
- will have their details recorded every time they look at your record
Healthcare staff will ask for your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record. If they cannot ask you (for example if you are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate), healthcare staff may look at your record without asking you, because they consider that this is in your best interest. If they have to do this, this decision will be recorded and checked to ensure that the access was appropriate.
Can I opt-out?
Yes, you have a choice. If you choose to have a Summary Care Record, you do not need to do anything as a Summary Care Record is created for you.
If you choose to opt-out of having a Summary Care Record and do not want a SCR, you need to let us know by filling in and returning an opt-out form below. If you are unsure if you have already opted out, please speak to our reception staff. You can change your mind about your decision at any time by inform us.