If you are registered with a GP practice in England, you will already have a Summary Care Record (SCR), unless you have previously chosen not to have one.
Your Summary Care Record is a short summary of your GP medical records. It tells other health and care staff who care for you about the medicines you take and your allergies. This means they can give you better care if you need health care away from your usual doctor’s surgery:
- in an emergency
- when you’re on holiday
- when your surgery is closed
- at out-patient clinics
- when you visit a pharmacy
Summary Care Records will assist healthcare staff who may be treating you now and in the future. This can improve your experience of care and also the safety and quality of that care.
Adding information to your Summary Care Record
You can add more information to your SCR by asking your doctor. They can add extra details from your medical notes, including:
- health problems like dementia or diabetes
- details of your carer
- your treatment preferences
- communication needs, for example if you have hearing difficulties or need an interpreter
This will help medical staff care for you properly, and respect your choices, when you need care away from your GP surgery. This is because having more information on your SCR means they will have a better understanding of your needs and preferences.
When you are treated away from your usual doctor’s surgery, the health care staff there can’t see your GP medical records. Looking at your SCR can speed up your care and make sure you are given the right medicines and treatment.
Your Summary Care Record information
Staff will ask your permission to look at your SCR (except in an emergency where you are unconscious, for example) and only staff with the right levels of security clearance can access the system, so your information is secure. You can ask an organisation to show you a record of who has looked at your SCR – this is called a Subject Access Request (for more information about Subject Access Requests please click here.
SCRs improve care, but if you don’t want to have one you can opt out. In order to do this please speak to one of our receptionists or alternatively print a consent form, sign and return to a receptionist.
To see an easy read leaflet about Summary care records please click here
Summary Care Record additional information during COVID-10
To help the NHS to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are including additional medical information in Summary Care Records for patients by default, unless the patient has previously told the NHS that they did not want this information to be shared. This will enable healthcare professionals to have better medical information about the patient they are treating at the point of care. This change will apply for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic only. Unless alternative arrangements have been put in place before the end of the emergency period, this change will be reversed.