Summary Care Records
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.
An SCR is used in a number of healthcare settings, including community pharmacies, and will provide healthcare professionals with any information they wouldn't otherwise have. For example, when you're visiting an urgent care centre or being admitted to a hospital, staff could view your SCR and discover you are on a particular medication or have allergies.
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Can I add more information to my Summary Care Record?
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.
Also read the advice leaflet adding more information to your record (PDF, 420kb).
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. Find out more about information governance from NHS Digital.
Can I opt out of having a Summary Care Record?
You can choose to opt out of having an SCR at any time. If you do opt out, you need to let your GP practice know and you will be asked to complete an opt-out form. If you are unsure whether you have already opted out, you should talk to the staff at your GP practice.
If you change your mind, simply ask your GP to create a new SCR for you. For more information about Summary Care Records, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 0300 303 5678 or visit NHS Digital's website. Alternatively,