The NHS in England is introducing Summary Care Records (SCRs) to improve the safety and quality of patient care. Having a Summary Care Record will give healthcare staff faster, easier access to reliable information about you to help with your treatment.
Your health record held at your GP practice includes details of your current medications, allergies and adverse reactions. If you have a Summary Care Record then these details are automatically copied and kept up to date on a secure central record that can be accessed by other healthcare staff involved in your care.
Before any healthcare staff involved in your care can look at your Summary Care Record, they will always ask for your permission. You can always say ‘no’ if you do not feel comfortable about this on any occasion.
How having a Summary Care Record could help you:
Read our Your Health, Your Record, Your Choice leaflet for more information about how detailed record sharing (known as Enhanced Data Sharing) works.
You can find out more about Summary Care Records at www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk or www.systems.digital.nhs.uk/scr or call the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0800 389 6819