Summary Care Record

Sharing your records: Your personal information

There is a Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR).  It is an electronic record which contains information about your health:

  • Medicines you are taking

  • Allergies you suffer from

  • Any bad reactions to medicines

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 


Can I opt out?

Although everyone is signed up to the database you can choose not to have information about you shared or used for any purpose beyond providing your own treatment or care.

You can choose not to have anything that could identify you shared beyond your GP practice.  Click here for the opt-out form.  You will need to complete this form and  bring it along to the surgery.  

What is a Summary Care Record with additional information?

You can choose to have additional information included in your SCR which can enhance the care you receive.  This information includes:  

  • Your illnesses and health problems

  • Operations and vaccinations you have had in the past

  • How you would like to be treated - such as where you would prefer to receive care

  • What support you might need

  • Who should be contacted for more information about you

What to do next?

If you would like this information adding to your SCR, then please click here to complete the form and return it to the practice.

Click here for easy read information regarding your Summary Care Record 

If you require any more information, please click on the link or phone NHS Digital on 0300 303 5678