Summary Care Record
The Summary Care Record (SCR) is designed to improve the level of care patients can receive, especially in an emergency situation. The SCR will enable NHS clinicians to access basic information regarding the patient’s current medication and any allergies. For example, if a patient was to be taken ill whilst on holiday in the UK, a doctor would be able to view details of their current medication and any allergies, ensuring that suitable and appropriate treatment is administered.
There is now also the option of having an enhanced summary care record. This will include the information above, as well as information on your illnesses and health problems, operations and vaccinations you have had in the past, how you would like to be treated (such as where you would prefer to receive care), what support you might need and who should be contacted for more information about you.
We cannot enable your enhanced SCR without your given consent, either verbally or by completing the ‘consent for additional SCR’ form below.
For more information:
- Patient information leaflet
- Consent for additional SCR – to opt into the enhanced SCR
- Ask a receptionist at the surgery or visit www.digital.nhs.uk – Summary Care Records (SCR)
All patients have the choice to ‘opt out’ of this system, ensuring that this information is not available anywhere else. Obviously, this would mean that healthcare professionals cannot share information about patient’s medications and allergies should an emergency situation arise.
If you wish to opt out of the basic Summary Care Record scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery or complete the Summary Care Record Opt Out form online.