Summary Care Record
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.