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.
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.
You can also have an ‘Including additional information’ or ‘Enriched Summary Care Records’; this is where a a patient consents to including additional information in their SCR, the GP can add it simply by changing the consent status on the clinical system. This means more information will be available to health and care staff viewing the SCR. It will then be automatically updated when the GP record is updated. This is a quick, cost-effective way to:
- Improve the flow of information across the health and care system
- Increase safety and efficiency
- Improve care
- Respond to particular challenges such as winter pressures
It’s particularly useful for people with complex or long term conditions, or patients reaching end of life.
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 by asking your practice.
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 and submit our online form.
For further information visit the HSCIC Website.