There is a new 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?
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. Other health professionals must ask you for permission to view your Summary care Record.
Who can see it?
Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.
How do I know if I have one?
Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP
Do I have to have one?
No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.
Enriched Summary Care Record
You can choose to have additional information included in your Summary Care Record, which can enhance the care you receive. This information includes: your illnesses and health problems, operations and vaccinations you have had in the past, how you would like to be treated, what support you might need, who should be contacted for more information about you. If you would like to register for the Enriched Summary Care Record please ask at reception.
For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website