Summary Care Record

This is sharing your data within the NHS. e.g if you are seen in A&E.

If you are registered with a GP practice in England, you will have a Summary Care Record (SCR) unless you have chosen not to have one.

Your SCR contains the following basic information:

  • the medicines you are taking
  • your allergies
  • bad reactions you may have to certain medicines

It also includes your name, address, date of birth and unique NHS Number which helps to identify you correctly.

You can choose to add any information to your SCR that you think will help improve your care. This can be of particular benefit to patients with detailed and complex health problems. You and/or your carer should discuss anything you wish to add with your GP.

If you are a parent or guardian of a child under 16 and feel that your child is able to understand this information you should show it to them. You can then support them in the decision to maintain an SCR and whether to include additional information.

Who can access or view my SCR?

Only authorised healthcare professionals directly involved in your care can access your SCR. Your SCR will not be used for any other purposes.

The person viewing your SCR:

  • needs to have an NHS Smartcard with a chip and passcode
  • will only see the information they need to do their job
  • will have their details recorded every time they look at your record

In addition, the healthcare professional must seek your permission if they need to look at your SCR. If they cannot ask you because you are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate, they may decide to look at your record because doing so is in your best interest. This access is recorded and checked by the Privacy Officer of the organisation to ensure it is appropriate.

You can contact this number for more information 0300 123 3020

Summary Care Record opt out form

Please complete this form and return to the practice.

Please note: opting out of one does not imply you have opted out of both. You must complete both forms if you wish to opt out of both.

You can opt back into SCR at any time, just put your request in writing.