What is a Summary Care Record (SCR)? The SCR is an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP records. It can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the patients direct care for example A&E Departments.
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?
If you are registered with a GP Practice in England your SCR is created automatically, unless you have opted out. 98% of practices are now using the system.
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.
Can I add further information to my Summary Care Record? Yes. You can now add additional information known as an SCR with Additional Information or an enriched SCR. This short video explains what further information can be added. Please let us know if you would like to consent to additional information being added to your SCR.
For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website