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Summary Care Record

NHS Summary Care Records (SCR) Your Emergency Care Summary

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.

As of April 2014 the GP contract requires GP practices to provide a daily automatic upload of their summary information Care Record by 31st March 2015. Howard House implemented this requirement on 20th October 2014.

Summary Care Records were introduced to improve the safety and quality of patient care by giving healthcare staff faster and easier access to essential information about you, to help provide you with safe treatment when you need care in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed.

Your Summary Care Record comprises your name, address, date of birth, unique NHS number, the medicines you are talking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.

You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record by filling in and returning an opt-out form which you can obtain from the surgery. If you choose not to have a Summary Care Record but then later change your mind later we can still make one for you. Just let us know.

If you would like to know more about NHS Summary Care Record, please pick up a leaflet from the surgery.

 

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.

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.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website

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