Summary Care Record

Your  Basic Summary Care Record will contain important information about (only)  any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines that you have had.

Giving healthcare staff access to this information can prevent mistakes being made when caring for you in an emergency - especially if you are unable to communicate at the time, or when your GP practice is closed and you need out of hours support.

Your Summary Care Record will also include your name, address, date of birth and your unique NHS Number to help identify you correctly.

You may want to add other details about your care to your Summary Care Record. This will only happen if you ask for the information to be included. You should discuss your wishes with the healthcare staff treating you.

Click here to view a leaflet containing more information.

You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record. You need to let your GP practice know by filling in and returning an opt-out form.

Click here to download an opt-out form.


The Enhanced Summary Care Record (also referred to as an additional information SCR)

This national system holds ‘additional information’ to the summary care record and is used with the patient’s consent.  It is generally used for patients with complex health needs who may be seen by multiple NHS departments but we recommend all patients should consider consenting to an Enhanced Summary Care Record because if you are taken unwell in another part of the country and are unconscious or unable to communicate with a healthcare professional, this will allow them to treat you having more information about your long term condtions, care needs, a little more than the basic SCR mentioned above. It includes:-

  • Significant medical history (past and present)
  • Reason for medication
  • Anticipatory care information (such as information about the management of long term conditions)
  • Communication preferences
  • End of life care information
  • Immunisations and Vaccinations

You are opted OUT of this by default.  If you have dementia, receiving end of life care or are frail, your GP will discuss with you if they feel you would benefit from opting in. But its for anyone and you can choose to opt in yourself by contacting the practice & stating you want to have an Additional Information SCR.

Trusted NHS organisations that will be able to view your SCR in medically necessary situations are:

  • 111
  • accident and emergency
  • acute assessment
  • ambulance
  • community care
  • GP out of hours
  • GP (for temporary or non-registered patients)
  • hospital pharmacy
  • minor injury units/walk in centres/urgent treatment centres
  • mental health
  • hospices

Care settings NOT able to view your SCR are:

  • dentistry (minor oral surgery and community dental providers)
  • domiciliary care and care homes
  • optometry
  • private GP providers
  • private hospitals and privately funded healthcare services
  • adult social care
  • sexual, contraceptive and reproductive healthcare services

  • Any other care settings not listed above.


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