Summary Care Record

National initiatives

The Summary Care Record (SCR) is a national system available to the NHS staff caring for you anywhere in England. It contains the following information to support your care in an emergency:

  • Any medicines you are taking
  • Any allergies you have
  • Any bad reactions to medicines you have had

In England, over 10 million patients already have a Summary Care Record.

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. Healthcare staff will ask your permission before they look at your record, except in certain circumstances for example if you are unconscious.
  • No - I do not want a Summary Care Record – included with the letter you received is a freepost opt out form. This form should be completed, sealed and returned, or alternatively given to your GP practice. Additional copies of the opt-out form can be picked up from your GP practice or requested from the dedicated NHS Summary Care Record Information Line on 0300 123 3020.
Please visit the NHS Care Records website for further information.