Summary Care Record
What is a Summary Care Record ?
A Summary Care Record (SCR) 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.
Having this information stored in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed
You can read the NHS leaflet by clicking here NHS Summary Care Record.pdf
Alternatively you can go the NHS Care Record website at http://www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/
Why do I need to know about this ?
In September 2013 the local NHS Patient Data Services sent a letter to every patient to tell them that our Surgery is now linked to the national NHS N3 connection (the spine) and we will shortly be asked to enable the Summary Care Record for all our patients to be uploaded so that this information can be accessed by other healthcare professionals (eg. hospitals, other GP practices) where you might attend for treatment on an urgent basis.
This upload was enabled in June 2014 and, unless a patient specifically opted-out of the SCR process, relevant summary records have been enabled
What has been uploaded ?
Three elements of patient's care records are made available to other healthcare providers -
SUMMARY - of major illnesses or procedures
ALLERGIES - known about
MEDICATION - currently being prescribed
Where can I find out more information ?
A Summary Care Record is created automatically for every patient and this is uploaded to the NHS spine (a central, secure. database). GP Practices cannot stop this process.
Any patient who wants to opt out of this SCR creation can register with the government national website.
To learn more about Summary Care Records and how to opt out - please go to http://www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/