Summary Care Record

What is a Summary Care Record?

The NHS in England has introduced the Summary Care Record, an electronic health record that can be accessed when you need urgent treatment from somebody other than your own GP.

Summary Care Records contain key information about the medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had in the past.

If you have an accident or fall ill, the people caring for you in places like accident and emergency departments and GP out of hours services will be better equipped to treat you if they have this information. Your Summary Care Record will be available to authorised healthcare staff whenever and wherever you need treatment in England, and they will ask your permission before they look at it.

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You can also choose to share your Summary Care Record with Additional Information.  This includes your long term health conditions, relevant medical history, health care preferences, personal preferences and immunisations.

Who Can See It?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. Those who look at your Summary Care Record need to:

  • be directly involved in caring for you;
  • have a Smartcard with a chip and pass code (like a bank card and PIN).

Healthcare staff will only see the information they need to do their job, and they will ask your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record.

If they can’t ask you, for example if you are unconscious, they may look at your Summary Care Record without your permission. If they do this, they will make a note on your record to say why they have done this.

Who Can See It?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. Those who look at your Summary Care Record need to:

  • be directly involved in caring for you;
  • have a Smartcard with a chip and pass code (like a bank card and PIN).

Healthcare staff will only see the information they need to do their job, and they will ask your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record.

If they can’t ask you, for example if you are unconscious, they may look at your Summary Care Record without your permission. If they do this, they will make a note on your record to say why they have done this.

Your Choice

The Maltings Surgery is supporting Summary Care Records and as a patient you have a choice:

Yes, I would like a Summary Care Record.

If you want a record you do not need to do anything further, one will be created for you automatically. If you opted out of having a record in the past but have now changed your mind, let us know and we can create one for you.

No, I do not want a Summary Care Record.

If you do not want a record, you need to fill in the summary care opt out form and return it to us. You should do this even if you have already completed a form at your previous practice.

You are free to change your decision at any time by informing us.

Children under 16 will automatically have a Summary Care Record created for them unless their parent or guardian chooses to opt them out. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 and feel that they are old enough to understand, please tell them about Summary Care Records and explain the options available to them.

More Information

For more information about Summary Care Records, visit systems.hscic.gov.uk/scr or call the Health and Social Care Information Centre on 0845 300 6016.