There is a 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. Over time it will build to include information about other health issues considered important to your wellbeing.
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.
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 asking the surgery directly.
Enhanced Summary Care Record
If you wanted to ‘enhance’ your record it would include the following information:
- Significant medical history (past and present)
- Reason for medication
- Anticipatory care information (important in the management of long term conditions)
- Communication preferences
- End of life care information
Children Under The Age Of 16
Patients under 16 years will have an enhanced summary care record created for them unless their GP surgery is advised otherwise. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 then you should make this information available to them if they are old enough to decide for themselves if they want a summary care record.
Whatever you decide, you can change your mind at any time.
If you are a family member or carer of a person and you have concerns that they may not have the mental capability to make this decision, please contact the practice.
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 the summary care opt out form.
For further information please visit the HSCIC Website.