Summary Care Record (SCR)

What is a Summary Care Record?

The Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic record containing information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from, and any serious reactions to medicines you have had. Storing this information in one place makes it easier for relevant healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed. This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe you. With your consent, additional information can also be added to your record.

Who can see my Summary Care Record?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record.

Do I have to have a Summary Care Record?

No. It is not compulsory for you to have a Summary Care Record. If you wish to opt out, you will need to complete a form and bring it to the surgery. Click here for the opt-out form.

For further information visit the NHS Care Records web page or view the Summary Care Records patient information sheet.

Case Study

You are in an accident at the weekend in Nottingham and don’t have a full list of your medication or allergies. The A&E department ask for your consent to check this information on the SCR.