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Summary Care Record

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It 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.


Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for 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 for you.

Who can see it?

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


How do I know if I have one?

Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

Enhanced Summary Care Record V2

Version 2 includes all of the above PLUS additional information that can include information about the management of any Long Term Conditions such as Diabetes, Heart Conditions etc, your relevant medical history including why you take a particular medicine or any clinical procedure you have had, any specific communication needs or preferences about your future care and a list of your Immunisations.


You will already have a basic SCR unless you opted out but you will need to give specific consent for an SCR version 2.  If you would like to give consent for the additional information to be added to your SCR please contact our reception team and we will send you a form to consent.


Your Enhanced SCR can be viewed by other health and care staff who care for you when you are away from home.  This can speed up your care and make sure you are given the correct treatment and medication.  The healthcare staff will have been given the right levels of security access will always ask your permission to look at your SCR (except in an emergency, where you are unconscious for example). 

 When an SCR would be useful: 


  • in an emergency
  • when you're on holiday
  • when your surgery is closed
  • at out-patient clinics
  • when you visit a pharmacy


Who would benefit from an SCR with additional information? 


  • Frail patients who can give consent to out of hours or emergency health care staff, making unwanted admission less likely
  • Patients with physical or other disabilities who will benefit from recording any specific communication or health needs
  • Patients with carers whose details they want to share
  • Non-English speakers
  • Patients planning for end of life who can share information about Lasting Power of Attorney or advance care decisions

For further information please click on the links below:

 NHS Care records website

Enhanced SCR Patient Leaflet

SCRv2 Patient Consent Form

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