Summary Care Records (SCR)
The NHS Summary Care Record will affect the way in which health records are stored and managed. The NHS Summary Care Record is an electronic record of important information about a patient's health; initially it will contain key information including medication, adverse reactions and allergies. This information will be taken from GP clinical systems.
Anyone aged 16 or over that is registered with a GP in England will have a Summary Care Record created for them unless they choose to opt-out. Children will also be given a SCR too, if a parent or guardian of a child under 16 feels that the child is old enough to understand and make their own choice, they too can opt-out.
Healthcare staff will access SCR using a NHS smartcard. Staff will be required to ask the patient's permission to view their record each time access is required.
We strongly recommend that you make yourself fully aware of the full details surrounding Summary Care Records.
Further advice is available by: