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Summary Care Record

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.

Also from 2015 your SCR will contain ADDITIONAL information

significant problem & procedures (past and present)

Care information including communication preferences

End of Life information



Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you. It will be upadted automatically when medication is changed.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. 


How do I know if I have one?

Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

SCR security

The SCR system takes data from GP Clinical systems in a coded format across secure NHS networks. It can only be accessed by NHS professionals with NHS Chip and Pin smartcards with the relevant rights to view SCRs.

Clinical Staff who access the SCR are obligated to view this information in line with their professional codes of conduct and clinical integrity.

Patient On–line Access

You can now view your own SCR using home computers, tablets and smartphones. You will need to visit your GP practice to register for this service.

You will be given a user name and password to log in to the SCR. You will also be able use this for on line ordering of repeat prescriptions and appointment booking if required.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website 

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