What is a Summary Care Record?
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.
Some patients, including many with long term health conditions, have previously agreed to have additional information shared as part of their Summary Care Record. This additional information includes information about significant medical history (past and present), reasons for medications, care plan information and immunisations.
During the coronavirus pandemic period, your Summary Care Record will automatically have additional information included from your GP record unless you have previously told the NHS that you did not want this information to be shared.
Who Can View Your Record?
Staff will ask your permission to view 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.
Do you Have to Have a Summary Care Record?
The purpose of SCR is to improve the care that you receive, however, if you don’t want to have an SCR you have the option to opt-out. If this is your preference please inform your GP or fill in an SCR opt-out form and return it to your GP practice.
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