Summary Care Records (SCR)

NHS Care Record Guarantee

The aim of the NHS in England is to provide you with the highest quality of healthcare.  The NHS also aims to gain evidence that will improve health and care through research.  To do this, they must keep records about you, your health and the care the NHS has provided to you or plan to provide to you.  NHS care records may be electronic, on paper or a mixture of both, and organisations use a combination of working practices and technology to keep to this guarantee.

You have the right to privacy and confidentiality and to expect the NHS to keep confidential information safe and secure.  This guarantee is their commitment that NHS organisations and those providing care on behalf of the NHS will use records about you in ways that respect your rights and promote your health and wellbeing.

The Summary Care Record sharing scheme is separate to the new NHS data-sharing scheme

The NHS in England has introduced the Summary Care Records, which will be used in emergency care.

The record contains information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had to ensure those caring for you have enough information to treat you safely.

Your Summary Care Record is available to authorised healthcare staff providing your care anywhere in England, but they will ask your permission before they look at it.  This means that if you have an accident or become ill, the healthcare staff treating you will have immediate access to important information about your health.

Your GP practice is supporting Summary Care Records and as a patient you have a choice:

  • Yes, I would like a      Summary Care Record – you do not need to do anything and a Summary Care      Record will be created for you.
  • No, I do not want a      Summary Care Record – please complete the Summary Care Record Opt Out      form.

For more information talk to the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0845 602 4384, our GP practice staff, visit the website or or telephone the dedicated NHS Summary Care Record Information Line on 0300 123 3020.  Alternatively, read the NHS Summary Care Record – Your Emergency Care Summary leaflet.

Additional copies of the opt out form can be collected from your GP practice or requested from the dedicated NHS Summary Care Record Information Line on 0300 123 3020.

You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record and you can change your mind at any time by informing your GP practice.

If you do nothing it will be assumed that you are happy with these changes and a Summary Care Record will be created for you.  Children under 16 will automatically have a Summary Care Record created for them unless their parent or guardian chooses to opt them out.  If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 and feel that they are old enough to understand, then you should make this information available to them.

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